THE NEWSLEHER OF LASELL COLLEGE
FALL 2001 ■
Message from the President 2
Sesquicentennial Celebration 3-7, 10
Convocation & Commencement 8-9
Academic Spotlight 11
Technology at Lasell 12-13
People at Lasell 14-15
Campus Update 16-17
Lasell Village News 18-19
Heritage Society News 20
Annual Fund 21
Sports News 22-23
Athletic Calendar 24
Alumni News and Events 25-27
Class Notes 28-36
Singer, songwriter and musician Livingston
Taylor will be performing with the New
Philharmonia Orchestra at "Lasell Night at the
Pops," Reunion Weekend/Commencement
Weekend May 17-19, 2002. (See page 25 of the
Class Notes section for more details.)
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Lasell 150 Ends on Triumphant Note
LASELL'S FIRST MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR CAPITAL CAMPAIGN
RAISES MORE THAN $18 MILLION
Lasell college has announced the successful completion of its
first multi-million-dollar capital campaign, "Lasell 150, a Campaign to Celebrate Lasell's
The Campaign, which was launched in 1996
with an original goal of raising $10 million by
June 30, 2001, has achieved a campaign total of
$18,027,752 — more than 80 percent above the
"We are electrified by the enthusiastic
response and participation of friends and alumni
of the College, who have made Lasell's first major
multi-rrrillion-dollar capital campaign surpass our
wildest dreams," said Lasell College President,
Thomas E.J. de Witt.
"The phenomenal success of "Lasell 150, a
Campaign to Celebrate Lasell's Sesquicentennial,"
is due to generous gifts from hundreds of alumni
and friends, corporations and foundations. One-
hundred-percent of Lasell's senior administration
and the College's board of trustees contributed to
the campaign, ensuring Lasell's place as a viable
institution of higher education in the 21st
century," Dr. de Witt explained.
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"A prestigious Kresge Foundation Challenge
Grant of $400,000, received in March 2000 by
the College in support of the renovation and
restoration of the venerable Winslow Hall into
the high-tech Winslow Academic Center — the
new academic hub of the College — served as the
capstone initiative of Lasell's Capital Campaign,"
Under the terms of the grant, Lasell College
was required to raise $1.5 million by July 1, 2001 in
See CAPITAL CAMPAIGN
continued on page 5
Technology Takes Front Row Seat
COLLEGE RECEIVES $125,000 DAVIS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION GRANT
FOR TECHNOLOGY LEARNING CENTER
Lasell college has received a $125,000 grant from the davis
Educational Foundation to help fund the new RoseMary B. Fuss Teaching and
Learning Center (TLC) for Faculty.
"We are delighted to have gained the support
of the Davis Educational Foundation for our new
faculty center," said Lasell President Thomas E.J.
de Witt. "The TLC will provide space and
resources to help our faculty learn about how to
integrate technology into the new 'smart 7 class-
rooms in the Winslow Academic Center."
With its distinctive steel and glass atrium, and
its brick courtyard, Winslow welcomes faculty
and students with its array of state-of-the-art com-
puter technology. Included in the wired and wire-
less zoned building (see Wireless story, page 12)
are video conferencing, LCD projectors and
screens, scanners, laser printers, and "smart
boards" that allow an instructor to instantly con-
vert notes written on the classroom whiteboard
into a digital document ready for students to
download from the College's network.
Lasell's TLC will provide resources for faculty
to explore how to actively weave technology and
media into the teaching experience. Here they will
learn how to create and use Web sites and access
online information resources to enhance course
materials. They will attend formal training classes
and seminars to expand their aptitude for bring-
ing the vast resources of the new technology into
the Lasell classroom, enhancing learning and
teaching by engaging both students and faculty in
real-time, dynamic, interactive education.
A collaborative endeavor involving Academic
Computing, Information Technology, and Brennan
Library, the Teaching and Learning Center is
located in the lower level of the Library.
See TECHNOLOGY GRANT
continued on page 12
MESSAGE FROM THE
Together We Have Made This Unique
HAVE NEVER FELT AS PROUD TO BE THE PRESIDENT OF LASELL COLLEGE AS DURING
our four-day sesquicentennial extravaganza
cant milestone in the 150-year history of this
Five nationally-known speakers graced our
campus during that memorable week of May
17-20, including the Honorable Ann Richards, the
former governor of Texas, who gave an exception-
al commencement address to the graduating class.
More than 500 alumni returned to campus, some
for the first time since they graduated from Lasell.
We also saw members of the Classes of 1929, 1930
and 1931 who attended what was then the
Auburndale Seminary for Women. Even they
were impressed with how beautiful and vibrant
the campus is today — although seeing the male
students was a bit of a change for some of them!
One of the most exciting events, at the
Newton Marriott, was the celebration of the suc-
cessful conclusion of Lasell' s first multi-miUion-
dollar capital campaign. When we launched
"Lasell 150: A Campaign to Celebrate Lasell's
Sesquicentennial" in 1996, we wondered how it
would ever be possible to raise $10 million. And
in May. To participate in a celebration of such a
venerable institution was extraordinary.
five years later, we ended the campaign having
raised more than $18 million.
We came to many of you and asked you to
make Lasell your philanthropic priority during
the course of the campaign — and many of you
did just that. Even the Annual Fund saw its tenth
consecutive record-breaking year! As a result, we
were able to create new and strengthen existing
academic programs, establish the College's first
academic chair while making salaries more com-
petitive for faculty, continue to invest in our phys-
ical plant, including the high-tech renovation of
the Winslow Academic Center, provide additional
and desperately needed scholarship money for
students, and make our campus the envy of many
of our competitors with a greater commitment to
To paraphrase the old saying, "an artist's
work is never done." But neither is an educator's.
We continue to build on what is now a solid foun-
dation. With one of the highest enrollments in
Lasell's history this fall, we struggle to meet the
growing demand of students for housing, residen-
tial life and expanding academic programs.
Therefore, we need to continue to count on all of
you who have been so generous in Lasell's recent
past. Lasell has been blessed with dedicated alum-
ni volunteers and donors, as well as an exception-
ally talented and committed faculty and staff.
Working together, we have a promising future.
Thank you for helping Lasell reach its potential.
Thomas E.J. de Witt, Ph.D.
Former Board Chairman Richard S. Holway
Receives Lasell Honorary Doctor
of Humane Letters
VICHARD S. HOLWAY, RETIRED SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND DIRECTOR OF
Loomis, Sayles & Company, one of the oldest and largest investment management firms
in America, was awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Lasell College
on Sunday, May 20th.
mitment to Lasell, and for your enormous contri-
butions as the College's eminence grise, the Board
of Trustees of Lasell College gratefully confers
upon you the degree of Doctor of Humane
Letters, honoris causa, with all the rights and
privileges pertaining thereto."
Richard Holway and his wife Jeannine have a
long history of active participation in and philan-
thropy to Lasell. In 1997, Lasell acknowledged the
couple's support and generosity to the College,
and the memory of one of Lasell's early alumnae,
with the naming of the Ella Ellis Holway Child
Study Centers. Mrs. Holway was Richard
Holway's grandmother, who attended Lasell
The Holway Child Study Centers at Lasell
College — composed of the Rockwell Nursery
School program and The Barn's infant, toddler, and
preschool full-day program — are located on the
campus of Lasell College, and have been serving
families in the Newton and surrounding communi-
President de Witt and Chairman of the Board
Carol Cacciamani, presented Mr. Holway, the
College's former Board chairman, with the hon-
orary degree at the sesquicentennial commence-
ment celebration. Richard Holway was elected
to the Lasell Board of Trustees in 1984. He was
Treasurer from 1985 to 1991, and served as
Chairman of the Board from 1992 to 1997.
The honorary degree citation reads: "In your
two decades of service to Lasell College, during
which you have acted in every senior capacity on
the Board, including chairman, you have helped
inspire and shape the dream of a new Lasell. Ever
mindful and appreciative of Lasell's rich heritage
and history, you have applied your keen business
acumen to ensuring a bright future for the
College, by maneuvering it toward revitalization
and a dramatic transformation. Your wise counsel
and confident leadership have made possible the
attainment of this institution's bold aspirations.
With deep gratitude for your unwavering corn-
Board Chairman Carol Cacciamani and President de Witt
award former Lasell Board Chairman Richard Holway an
ties for more than 40 years. The Holway Child
Study Centers, which serve as laboratory schools
for Lasell's Early Childhood and Elementary Edu-
cation program, are among only ten percent of
early childhood programs nationwide that are
accredited by the National Association for the
Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
Mr. Holway is a graduate of Wesleyan
University and earned his M.B.A. from the Amos
Tuck School of Business Administration at
Dartmouth College. He has been active in a num-
ber of businesses, professional and community
organizations, including the Boston Security
Analysts Federation, the Financial Analysts
Federation, and he also served as a trustee of
the Newton Wellesley Hospital. **•
They Had a Ball!
QUOTES FROM ALUMNI LETTERS
"Tlie 150th anniversary
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Faye Wadhams Smith '38
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Kinsley Percival '34
DE WITT HALL DEDICATION
''My own high note during the
was the surprise naming of
de Witt Hall in the Winslow
Academic Center in my honor
by Joan and Bob Arnow. (I
thought we were naming the
hall in honor of Joan!) My
heartfelt thanks to all of you
Joan Weiler Arnow '49 and her husband Bob
surprise President de Witt by naming the for- for yOUT gifts of time, talent,
and resources to this
~ Thomas E.J. de Witt, President
mer Winslow Auditorium de Witt Hall.
Making it official, President de Witt proudly President de Witt shows his deep
unveils the lettering above de Witt hall. appreciation to Bob Arnow.
President de Witt, his wife, Margaret Ward (1),
and the Arnows.
President de Witt toasts Lynn Blodgett
Williamson '46 at the dedication of the
Williamson Living Room in Carpenter
House, her former residence while a student
at Lasell College.
a most successful
Celebration. The entire
four days were exciting^
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~ Terry Bergeron Hoyt '45
"I am so proud to
be honored with a
degree from Lasell!
~ Bonnie St. John Deane
May 18, 2001)
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■ Emily Hubbel Weiss '36
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so afrpd he might be
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just great. I have such
-Peggy Boyd Greene '30
Marguerite Boyd Greene '30 and her son
Doug Greene share a hearty laugh at the
dedication ceremony of the Gardner House
Alcove. Doug surprised his mother by nam-
ing this space in honor of her 90th birthday.
"Dear DrSde Witt: I'm stilt on
CloudNine! Thank you for
the most wonderful weekend
I think I have ever had: The
dedication ceremony was so
nice . . . never in my life have
I had a standing ovation.
What a thrill. Almostmakes
it worthwhile being 90!"
~ Peggy Greene '30
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President de Witt and Elizabeth Gorton
Collier '43 unveil the plaque designating the
Collier Classroom in Wass Hall.
"Dear Tom . . . You have done a
marvelous job \oj 'raising tfie
prestige of Lasell. And soon
there will be some master '1
~ Betty Gorton Collier '43
Winslow Academic Center Dedications
Susan Higgins Conrad '81 (1) and her
sister, Marielle Forte, proudly stand
next to the plaque identifying the
Archives Display Case, named in hon
or of their late mother, Louise "Tap"
Tardivel Higgins '37, former chair of
the Board of Trustees.
Chair of the Board of Trustees Carol Cacciamani '65 welcomes
alumni and friends to the official opening of the Winslow
The late P. Lynn Kiefer Holt '61 (3rd from right) is all smiles at the dedication of
the Holt Classroom on the second floor of the Winslow Academic Center.
Campaign Co-Chairs Joan Howe Weber '51 (1) and
Peggy Schwingel Kraft '56 proudly unveil the
Campaign Leadership Plaque, honoring generous
alumni and friends who supported the Lasell 150
Co-Chair of the Lasell 150 Campaign
Peggy Schwingel Kraft '56 shares a
laugh with President de Witt before
proceeding to the dedication of the
Kraft Classroom in the Winslow
Generous donors of the lower level spaces in the Winslow Academic Center (1 to r): Joanna
Winslow '01, Martha Winslow, Eileen Winslow, Paul Winslow, Priscilla Winslow '35, Russ
Winslow, Charlotte Winslow, George Putnam, Don Winslow, Arlene Wishart Sylvester '38,
Nancy Burrows Putnam '50, President de Witt, Carolyn Wood Brox '59, Charles Brox,
Barbara Berkman Sherman '42, and Freda Alexander '48.
Nancy Burrows Putnam '50 and her husband George at the dedication of the Putnam Faculty
Center, located in the lower level of the Winslow Academic Center.
Don and Charlotte Winslow and their family gather to celebrate
the dedication of the Winslow Family Faculty Common area.
OTHER LASELL 150 PHOTOS
Campaign Endowment donors from Reunion Classes (1 to r): Lela Graham Moses
'61, P. Lynn Kiefer Holt '61, Peggy Schwingel Kraft '56, Joan Howe Weber '51,
Dwight Massey, Jo-Ann Vojir Massey '51, Adelaide Shaffer Van Winkle '36,
Gerry Weiss, Emily Hubbel Weiss '36.
President de Witt and Lynn Blodgett Williamson '46 welcome new Heritage
Society members (1 to r): Joy Stewart Rice '55, Marguerite Boyd Greene '30,
and Dwight and Jo-Ann Vojir Massey '51.
4 LASELL LEAVES
LASELL SESQUICENTENNIAL IS MARKED BY FOUR-DAY EXTRAVAGANZA
ROM MAY 17 THROUGH 20TH, LASELL COLLEGE CELEBRATED ITS 150TH BIRTHDAY.
The series of events included a host of donor
dedications, Reunion with the class of 1951 cele-
brating its 50th anniversary, a black-tie gala
dinner at the Newton Marriott, the pageantry of
the College's 147th commencement, and a Boston
Pops-style concert on Taylor Field by the New
Former Texas Governor Ann Richards gave a
memorable commencement speech on the 20th,
with other notables, including author Robert B.
Parker, humorist and stress management guru
Loretta LaRoche, AOL Interactive President Ted
Leonsis, and Olympic medallist Bonnie St. John
Deane serving as convocation speakers for the
College's three schools and for Lasell Village, the
unique, continuing care retirement community
with a built-in educational requirement.
Sesquicentennial Civility Symposium
Draws Record Attendance
HAT'S A SESQUICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION AT A COLLEGE WITHOUT AN
academic component? At Lasell, on April 27, 2001, Professor Joe Aieta, Humanities, and
Arnow Professor Sylvia MacPhee, Sociology, participated in a symposium on civility that was a
precursor to the 150 celebration. Associate Professor Stephen Sarikas, Science, chaired the event.
Professor Aieta's paper was titled "Have We
Lost Sight of the Value of Persons in Themselves?
Might That Be Why We Don't Give A #*?! About
Them? A Philosophical and Slightly Historical
Speculative Musing." In it, he explored ethical
questions about what might constitute a person
and why there is need to respect persons. He then
turned his attention from applications of theory to
continued on page 15
Professor Joseph Aieta speaks to a full house at the Civility
SENATOR JOHN F. KERRY,
HONORS LASELL COLLEGE'S
150TH ANNIVERSARY WITH
CITATION TO 107TH CONGRESS
ENATOR JOHN F. KERRY ISSUED
a citation to the 107th Congress, recog-
nizing the 150th anniversary of Lasell
College, which was celebrated from
May 17-20, 2001.
"The College outgrew its mantle as the
nation's oldest two-year college for women in
1988, when it became a four-year baccalaure-
ate degree-granting institution, and expand-
ed again in 1998 by admitting men. Under
President Thomas E.J. de Witfs leadership,
these changes ushered in a new age of expan-
sion and invention for Lasell College. The
College has improved and expanded its facil-
ities and invested in technology; those insti-
tutional advances are reflected in outstanding
support from alumni and friends," Senator
Kerry's citation says.
The citation lauded the fact that "the
College is also the first to develop an educa-
tion-based continuing care retirement com-
munity (CCRC) on its campus." Lasell
Village was built on a 13-acre site on the
College's campus, and officially opened in
October 2000. The Village employs the first
full-time academic dean of a CCRC in the
country. It has also become the headquarters
of the Lasell Institute for Learning in
Retirement, which offers continued learning
opportunities for retirement-age adults in the
greater Boston community. »•
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order to meet the challenge. "That goal was met
eight months ahead of schedule. Additionally,
Lasell's campaign has fully funded the $3.5 million
Winslow renovation and restoration project," said
Ruth Shuman, dean for institutional advancement.
"The Kresge imprimatur raised Lasell's fundrais-
ing effort to a new level, spurring support for the
institution's ambitious goals as it continues its mis-
sion to educate students for competent personal
and professional lives," she said.
"The overwhelming success of this campaign
demonstrates the widespread and enthusiastic
support for the College among its constituencies,"
said President de Witt.
In addition to being the first multi-million-
dollar campaign for the 150-year-old College,
which celebrated its sesquicentennial with a four-
day extravaganza, May 17-20, the campaign also
yielded the first million-dollar gift from a living
donor in Lasell's history. The gift endowed Lasell
College's first academic chair. **•
LASELL 150 CAMPAIGN HIGHLIGHTS
Campaign highlights within each of its strate-
gic objectives include:
Faculty Support and Development Lasell
received its first million-dollar gift from a living
donor to establish its first endowed faculty chair.
In addition, two faculty development funds
Student Financial Aid: Campaign donors
created 13 new endowed scholarship funds.
Program Support: An Institute for Values and
Public Life was funded to examine policies related
to civility and to help provide Lasell's female stu-
dents with a continued strong voice at the College
during its transition to a coeducational mission
Physical Plant Improvements: In addition to
the complete renovation of the old gymnasium into
the state-of-the-art Winslow Academic Center,
Campaign donors provided for the creation of a
second athletic field; the complete redesign of the
Edwards Student Center; and the renovation of
classrooms and laboratories throughout the cam-
pus. The newly renovated assembly hall in
Winslow was named for President de Witt in a sur-
prise dedication in May 2001 during the ribbon
cutting for the Academic Center.
Media Resources and Technology: Lasell 150
saw the inauguration of the Brennan Library
Society for Benefactors, Patrons, and Friends,
which created an endowment solely for the
Library. Major technology upgrades were accom-
plished throughout campus, made possible
through several large foundation grants and a
challenge for technology met through gifts from
alumni and friends.
Unrestricted Endowment: Lasell's new chari-
table trust program was developed and received
almost $1 million in gifts, most of which will ulti-
mately augment Lasell's endowment.
The Annual Fund: A great success story! In
addition to the generosity of alumni and friends to
capital and endowment projects, the Annual Fund
for the first time hit and subsequently exceeded the
half-million dollar per year mark during the
Campaign. The Lasell College Annual Fund has
achieved record-breaking results in each of the last
ALL ALUMNI SESQUICENTENNIAL/REUNION WEEKEND 2001
H ^ppy isoth birthd
a y, Laseli;
The 50th reunion class, 1951, was app
members in attendance.
lauded for having the most
"I would encourage other alumni
gto attend Reunion Weekend
because it's great fun to see each
other — one and all — and to see
how Laseli has grown and yet,
has remained the same."
Barbara Caron MacLean '66
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ALL ALUMNI SESQUICENTENNIAL/REUNION WEEKEND 2001
ZlofZT ^ ""^ * the Lasell Alumni
pal ade offered the opportunity
to intermingle the classes.
CLASS OF 1951
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gtne fops-style concert under the big tent.
Front row, 1 to r: Barbara Keyes MacKinnon, Edith Taccone Kearney, Joan Kearney Cormay, Doris Stewart Sutton,
Patricia Walsh Barry, Barbara Ferns Becker, Marie Arnold Wilson, Elizabeth Trisko Battis, Nancy Topping Heely,
Beverly Pink Reynolds, Pat Raeder Crone, Joanne Monahan Garrity. Second row, 1 to r: Kathrine Aslanian Sivazlian,
Kathleen Ballard Heck, Charlotte Kelley Campbell, Shirley Hannafin Adams, Barbara Jankowski Rusch, Nancy
Roetting Clifford, Jo-Ann Vojir Massey, Mary Jane White Miller, Priscilla Freeman McCartney, Bonnie Reis Doe.
Third row, 1 to n Claudette Razook Awad, Marjorie Cushing Gershaw, Libbie Fleet Glazer, Mary Jane Clark Maurici,
Elizabeth Baumbach Hyne, Janet Wyman Meade, Beverly Broughton Shepard, Alice Kiehl Stover, Pat Suellau Jordan,
Catherine Fouhy, Carol Bancroft. Back row, 1 to n Anna Stevenson Mangano, Lois Hutchinson Woodward, Jan Wolf
Tarrant, Ann Van der Veer Bradley, Harriet Schwarz Ryan, Barbara Schoppy Talarico, Joan Howe Weber, Alice
Pittenger, M. Elaine Quavillon Tull, Linda Heather Venezia.
Our thanks to Joanne Monahan Garriry for doing a great job as a reunion liaison for the 50th Reunion!
CONVOCATION & COMMENCEMENT
AOL's Ted Leonsis
to Find the joy of
ED LEONSIS, PRESIDENT OF
AOL Interactive Properties Group, is
considered a founding father of the
new media industry and one of the
Internet industry's foremost leaders
Lasell Commencement 2001
Ted Leonsis, President of AOL Interactive Properties
Group, receives an honorary degree from President
de Witt and Board Chairman Carol Cacciamani.
As he told the students at the School of
Business & Information Technology
Convocation, Friday, May 18, he didn't get
from there to here without some serious soul
searching and a very positive attitude.
"America is a great country with unlimited
opportunities," he told the convocation audi-
ence in de Witt Hall.
Leonsis was the first one in his family to
graduate from college. He was the son of a
Greek immigrant who told the young
Leonsis that "education is the key to success
in life." And with a starting salary of $10,000
per year, he entered an economy of 20%
interest rates and rationed gas. An optimist
who has "found joy in the journey," he
shared his "10 steps to success" with the
When Leonsis was in his twenties, he
was in a near fatal plane crash and he vowed
that if he came out of the situation alive, he
would reassess his life's route and make a
list of 101 things he wanted to accomplish
before his death. "The personal metrics of
success are the roadmap to self-actualiza-
tion," he explained, "and as you check some-
thing off the list there's a feeling of accom-
plishment." So far Leonsis is at number 70 on
his list of 101 things to accomplish!
In conclusion, Leonsis said, "Your latest
chapter has been written and your job is only
the next chapter in your life's work. Your life
will be a long novel, a body of work. Make
me proud!" »■
Sunday, May 20, 2001
FORMER TEXAS GOVERNOR ANN RICHARDS GIVES 118 GRADUATES AT
COMMENCEMENT WITTY WORDS OF WISDOM AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR LIFE
X REMEMBER MY GRADUATION SPEAKER," FORMER GOVERNOR ANN
Richards told the more than 1600 people gathered at the sesquicentennial commencement
of Lasell College. "I don't remember his name of course. I only remember that I could not
wait until he was finished. I just wanted to take the paper and get a ride to the party."
Former Texas Governor
Ann Richards addresses a
rapt graduation audience.
No one at the
Lasell College com-
Sunday, May 20th, on
Taylor Field, is likely
to forget her name,
however, or the sage
Richards offered to the
118 graduates of the
class of 2001.
In a memorable commencement speech deliv-
ered in her easy Texas drawl, Governor Richards
was witty, wise, and heartfelt as she offered valu-
able advice for the future to her rapt audience of
students, family and friends. "I don't know if God
is listening, but I hear your prayers for brevity,"
she told the audience, before offering up a vivid
verbal roadmap to a fulfilling life.
"Your family and I want you to believe that
your life is going to be wonderful," she said.
"Thaf s part of our job description as parents and
grandparents. We're so proud of you today and
we want you to have everything you want and
then we want you to have even more. But the truth
is that living is a complicated business and few of
us are fortunate enough to get the things we want
when we want them. Profound disappointments,
frustrations, sorrow — they're all a part of the exis-
tence inside a human skin. So on behalf of your
family and this institution, I want to tell you that if
you look up in 10 years and find that you have not
made your first million, or bought your first man-
sion, or married the smartest and best looking
thing in your crowd; if you have not produced the
required 1.8 grandchildren — a girl and at least
eight-tenths of a boy — or gotten them into the
best schools, balanced your family and career,
saved the world in your spare time; if you have
not done all of that, or any of those things, you are
not a failure and we will still love you."
Governor Richards urged her audience to
"tend to your home, listen to your heart, nurture
your mind, have the courage to trust yourself and
like yourself. My wish is that you live into being a
unique person and find that person that is truly
you and that you defy the haunting restrictions of
Wryly, she advised graduates to "never turn
down a new experience unless you know it is seri-
ously illegal or life threatening. There's always a
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BONNIE ST. JOHN DEANE - GOING FOR THE GOLD
xVs BONNIE ST. JOHN DEANE LIKES TO SAY:
"People fall down. Winners get up.
...Gold medal winners get up the fastest."
It is the credo by which Bonnie St. John
Deane likes to live. The motivational speaker,
executive coach, author and the president of
SJD&Co., who thrives on challenge, shared her
sometimes difficult life experiences with her
audience at the School of Allied Health
Convocation, Friday, May 18, in a moving
From a family of modest means, Bonnie
St. John Deane became an amputee at age five.
Against tremendous odds, she used imagina-
tion and determination to push past the limita-
tions of disability and became a silver medallist
in downhill skiing at the 1984 winter
Paralympics in Innsbruck, Austria. Her inspir-
ing message of hope and courage to her audi-
ence at the Lasell convocation was infused with
real- world wisdom about persevering — and
triumphing — in every aspect of one's life.
"I learned I had to work hard for what
many others took for granted," she told gradu-
ates and their families at the ceremony.
Wearing a gold medal smile
along with her silver Olympic
medal, Bonnie St. John Deane
speaks at the School of Allied
you have to go
through some pain
to get to a better
place," said the
mother, and entrepreneur.
Athletics is not the only area in which
Bonnie St. John Deane has excelled. She is an
honors graduate of Harvard and Oxford, a
Rhodes scholar, and during the Clinton
Administration was appointed as a Director of
Human Capital Issues on the White House
National Economic Council.
She is the author of the book, Succeeding
Sane: Making Room for Joy in a Crazy World,
published by Simon & Schuster.
Prior to her convocation appearance,
Bonnie St. John Deane made a stop at the
Holway Child Study Center to meet and chat
with the youngsters. **
CONVOCATION & COMMENCEMENT
Loretta Laroche Makes Them Laugh
(and Think) at Village Convocation
A.NNOUNCING TO LASELL VILLAGERS THAT "AGING IS NOT FOR SISSIES/'
funny lady and stress management consultant Loretta LaRoche proclaimed herself "taken
aback that you are dealing with aging in such a wonderful way. I can see the vibrations
from your brains," she insisted during the opening salvo of her bend-in-half, laugh-
provoking convocation speech at Lasell Village on Thursday, May 17.
In the tent-covered courtyard that was jammed disease, thaf s when your chest falls into your
with some 200 Villagers, students, faculty, staff and drawers. But we need to be allowed to age with
family, laughter was the rule of order. more grace.
"This is a phenomenon, an educational retire- "Enjoy your food. You should be moaning with
ment community without bran. You might as well pleasure when you eat. We're at 60 percent obesity
be in Oz without the tin man," she laughed — as in this country because we are all on low fat diets,"
robustiy as did her audience. she chortled. "When you're eating, enjoy and don't
report anyone," she cautioned.
Laughter is the key to reducing stress levels,
she told her audience, and she cited the research to
prove it. "So make sure you have a laugh a day,
even if you have to get together and force it," she
teased. "Children laugh 440 times a day," she main-
tained. "If s physically impossible to be stressed
and laugh at the same time." And to prove it,
LaRoche inquired, "Ever try to lift furniture and
laugh at the same time?"
Loretta LaRoche was awarded an Honorary
Doctor of Humane Letters at the Convocation. The
"As a high-profile speaker, lecturer, television
personality, and best-selling author, you have
helped millions say no to stress and embrace a
healthier, happier lifestyle. Through your irreverent
humor and unconventional style, you make group
therapy accessible and fun. We salute you for
reminding us in such a vibrant way, how humor
can help change attitudes and relationships. With
appreciation, the Board of Trustees of Lasell
College proudly confers upon you the degree of
Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, with all
the rights and privileges pertaining thereto." **-
Loretta LaRoche shares words of wisdom and humor at the
LaRoche, speaker, lecturer, best-selling author
and humorist, has helped millions embrace a
healthier, happier lifestyle. Through irreverent
humor and an unconventional style, LaRoche
makes cognitive therapy attainable and amusing.
And so she did at the Lasell Village convocation.
"Are you sage-ing rather than aging?" she queried
as she lauded Villagers for their mentoring activi-
ties and their commitment to improving others'
lives as well as their own. She talked about a grow-
ing climinishment of community and collaboration,
saying, 'Jehovah's Witnesses are the only people
who still stop by." But, she insists, "People are the
glue of life. Take what you are and make it more."
She urged her listeners to enjoy all aspects of life
with gusto. "Act strange, act really strange.
Eccentrics live longer and have fewer doctor's
visits," she said.
"As you age, make fun of yourself. I notice
things are hanging now. Things that were up are
down now. My mother got out of the shower and
said to me, Took at me/ and I said, 1 don't think
so,'" LaRoche guffawed. "We all get furniture
Getting in the spirit of things, the audience dons funny
noses, to Loretta LaRoche's delight.
CONTINUED FROM PACE 8
risk, but the greater risk lies in missing half of your
life if you don't try." She also told graduates not to
"live for tomorrow. . . if 11 never get here."
Following a rousing standing ovation for her,
Governor Richards was awarded an Honorary
Doctor of Humane Letters from Lasell College by
Lasell President de Witt.
The citation reads: 'You have blazed through
the American political firmament, rapturing the
nation's attention and imagination with your gift
for oratory and humor. With your comrnitment,
passion, courage of conviction, and wit, you have
shattered glass ceilings and stereotypes, hurdled
personal and political obstacles, and enlivened the
national political arena as a champion for equality,
a better environment, and positive social change.
The Board of Trustees of Lasell College therefore
proudly confers upon you the degree of Doctor of
Humane Letters, honoris causa, with all the rights
and privileges pertaining thereto." **
Honored at Lasell
A.DDRESSING STUDENTS AND
their families at the School of Arts and
Sciences Convocation, Saturday, May
19th, best-selling author Robert Parker
gave a first hand, wry account of the
hows and whys, the craft and the busi-
ness, of his chosen career.
He didn't spring immediately from col-
lege as a crime writer. When Parker first went
to work he tried the advertising business,
held a job as an industrial editor and then
decided to get his Ph.D. in English so that he
would have time to write when he wasn't
teaching. He joked about his teaching style: "I
was entertaining and not punitive. I was not
rigid about things like attendance. . .1 didn't
flunk a lot of people. My office hours were
midnight to 1:00 a.m."
Author Robert Parker receives his honorary degree
from President de Witt.
Robert Parker began writing his Spenser
novels in 1971. "I never had trouble coming
up with ideas. When I was teaching fiction
and asked my students to write a 10,000-
word piece I would frequently hear, 1 can't
think anything up.' This has never been
Parker is disciplined about his writing
and insists on completing five finished pages
a day. "I can write in almost any circum-
stance. If s not crucial where or when." He
picked the mystery genre because "I'm a big
fan of Raymond Chandler." He likes to have a
new Spenser novel published every spring.
The first time Parker made a deal to make
a film was in 1979. "The movie was to be of
my book Wilderness, and it still hasn't been
made," he joked. His most recent made-for-
TV movie is Walking Shadow staring Marcia
Gay Harden and Joe Montegna. Shooting was
recently completed in Vancouver.
His advice to students who might want to
write: "Find a way to do it. You have to have
the time. I couldn't do it without knowing
I have the whole day. You also need the
discipline, the ability to sit there and do it
regularly. I would take discipline over talent.
And you need persistence. Just keep showing
your manuscript to people who might
publish it." »-
AMERICA ONLINE AND OTHER
CORPORATE SPONSORS HELP
LASELL COLLEGE CELEBRATE
i\l ATIONAL, STATE, AND LOCAL
corporate sponsors joined in the
support of Lasell College's 150th
"The generosity of these corporations
has enabled a small institution such as Lasell
to extend its reach and stretch its resources,"
said Ruth Shuman, the College's dean for
America Online, Inc. (AOL), a division
of AOL Time Warner, the world's leader in
interactive services, Web brands, Internet
technologies and e-commerce services, was
the lead sponsor of the four-day sesquicen-
tennial celebration. Ted Leonsis, president
of AOL Interactive Properties Group, spoke
at the College's School of Business &
Information Technology Convocation.
The Boston architectural firm of
Jeremiah Eck Architects, Inc. was the corpo-
rate benefactor that sponsored the School
of Business & Information Technology
Convocation. The firm designed the restora-
tion of both the College's Yamawaki Art &
Cultural Center and its recently opened
Winslow Academic Center.
Deloitte & Touche, one of the nation's
leading professional services firms providing
assurance and advisory, tax, and manage-
ment consulting services throughout the
United States, was also a benefactor of the
celebration. D&T sponsored the School of
Allied Health Convocation where Bonnie
St. John Deane, Olympic medallist and
author, motivated graduates with a moving,
The School of Arts & Sciences
Convocation was sponsored by Groom
Construction of Swampscott, MA. The com-
pany has worked with the College on the
newly renovated Edwards Student Center,
bookstore and cafeteria.
Steffian Bradley Associates Inc., the
Boston-based, award- winning architecture,
planning, interior, and environmental graph-
ic design firm was a benefactor and sponsor
of the Convocation at Lasell Village. Steffian
Bradley designed the Lasell Village complex.
D & S Landscaping of Newtonville,
MA, sponsored the alumni lobster bake.
Additionally, the Auburndale Co-Operative
Bank of Auburndale, MA and McDermott,
Will & Emery, attorneys at law, of Boston, MA,
sponsored the outdoor concert on Sunday.
Other Massachusetts based companies
that served as sponsors included Andersen
Windows, BHF Printing, GroupComm
Systems, Kirkpatrick & Lockhart, Mullaney
Corporation, Murray Johnstone Interna-
tional, Ltd., J.W. Seligman & Co., State Street
Global Advisors, Sunshine Sign Company,
Signature Communications, TIAA-CREF and
the Wayland Group. »-
Yamawaki Sesquicentennial Exhibit
Highlights Work of Alumni
W HEN KAREN GILL, DIRECTOR OF ALUMNI AFFAIRS, SENT OUT A CALL TO
all alumni artists to see if they would be interested in submitting examples of their work
to a sesquicentennial art exhibit, the number of responses she received thrilled her.
She got in touch with former Yamawaki
Gallery Director Bob Kates, who put the show
together. "We decided to have each artist show
three or four pieces in order to get a better under-
standing of their work," explains Bob, "and this
approach was met with universal approval. Of the
19 artists who exhibited, three either sold or had
Jacquie Saunders, who chaired Lasell's former
Department of Art & Music, was a special guest
artist and submitted two collagraphs. "Jacquie
was much admired by her students and she
always told them to use bold, free strokes," smiles
Bob, "but artists have a way of adopting their own
style. Virginia Taylor '62 took Jacquie's classes
and yet her work is very small and detailed.
"Some of the artists built on interests that they
had at Lasell," says Bob, "while others came to
where they are today after several changes in
direction, both artistically and in their careers. "
Susan Miller-Havens '65 graduated from
Lasell with an A.S. in Nursing Science and, until
the 1990' s, her career was in the medical field.
Although her work was centered in psycho-
therapy, she did manage to find time to enroll
in Wellesley College's Continuing Education
Program. "Over the years I took every art
course they offered," she enthuses.
In 1990, Miller-Havens accompanied her
daughter to an art class. "I got the bug again," she
explains, "and I thought, 'if I don't do this now,
I'll never do it.' At Wellesley, I concentrated on
and the use of
the color white.
pointed out that
wear white and
this is when I
did my first
painting of a
purchase of a
by the National
and the comple-
tion of a com-
mission of the
Dean of the Harvard School of Education, her por-
trait of 1970's Red Sox player Jim Rice, titled "Jim-
Ed," sold at the Sesquicentennial Exhibit.
Titled "Jim-Ed," Susan Miller-
Havens' painting of Red Sox
player Jim Rice was sold at the
Alumni Art Show.
Kristin Mackay '77 , who makes stained glass
windows and dichronic glass jewelry, majored in
para-professional community mental health while
at Lasell, an area that now falls under human ser-
vices. "I only took one jewelry metal-smithing
course during my Lasell years, and didn't follow
up on it for quite a while."
President de Witt talks with artist and exhibitor Virginia
Tsouros Taylor '62 and her daughter, Jane Taylor,
at the opening.
Kristin is currently the Alternative Education
Coordinator at Lunenburg High School, working
with adolescents who are at risk. "It wasn't until I
made my niece a stained glass window for her
wedding present that I realized how much I
missed working with glass."
Kristen exhibited two originally designed,
jewel studded, Tiffany-style stained glass win-
dows at the Lasell exhibit and although none of
her jewelry was on display, she was wearing one
of her dichronic glass and sterling bracelets.
"Dichronic is Greek for two colors and the glass
was originally invented by NASA for the Hubble
Telescope as a filtering device," she explains. Her
jewelry caught the eye of someone at the art show,
who decided to commission a piece.
Mary Jane Morse '73 did major in art while at
Lasell but "I knew I couldn't make a living at it so
I didn't continue with it and it took me 17 years to
return to it. But I was never happy away from it.
There was always this gnawing feeling." Mary
Jane decided to quit her job and is now painting
full time. Her pastel, "Autumn on the Connecticut:
Mt. Ascutney," sold at the sesquicentennial show.
No matter what the route taken, the alumni
represented at the show were drawn to art from
an early age, have seen their work evolve, and
have a real passion for their field. As Carol Phalen
Swiggett '56 says, "What excites me most about
painting is the process and the continual sense
of discovery. The finished product is secondary.
Art is a journey." **
Under the Bright Lights of Lasell's
jASELL'S INSTITUTE OF FASHION TECHNOLOGY (LIFT) IS GROWING AND ON
the move. The program is enjoying one of the strongest student enrollment years in recent
history as student numbers in Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising keep increasing.
Rounding out the program, Graphic Design was added to the roster this fall.
At the Gala Fashion Show, a model wears a
dress designed by Lorica Elana Sifken '01.
At LIFT, students from all the design fields
work together to form a cohesive unit: the mer-
chandising majors develop, promote, and produce
the shows for the design majors and the graphic
design majors work with both.
Behind a successful program stands a strong,
committed faculty that is there for the students and
fosters the concept of connected learning, Lasell's
unique melding of class-
room theory with real-life
"We've hired an experi-
enced and entrepreneurial
faculty that believes in giv-
ing the students ownership
of what they're doing and
sees that they carry both
the theory and the practical
application of their pro-
grams outside the class-
room, " says Richard Bath,
director of LIFT.
Many of LIFT's faculty members are designers
in Boston and all are able to introduce students to
fellow fashion designers and provide them access
to the real world of fashion design. For instance,
lecturer Jay Calderin is founder of Boston Fashion
Week and, as Jen LXMinico '01 exclaims, "He's so
up on things and he's given us an opportunity to
work on two or three of the shows he's been
involved in. When he showed at the Boston Public
Library, we helped set it up, worked on the dis-
plays, and garnered an enormous amount of expe-
rience." Calderin also developed a web site
(http://www.fashioninboston.com) that provides
some professional exposure for Lasell students.
Internships are a strong part of both the design
and merchandising programs. Assistant Professor
Joan Morris works with design students while the
merchandising majors are under the leadership of
Assistant Professor Sarah Scavone. There is 100
percent placement for students and every student
must complete his or her internship in the fall of
their senior year.
"The internship is a great stepping stone for
future career placement and the students work
hard," Sarah Scavone explains. "After completing a
four-week seminar on campus in September, they
begin work at their site where they must put in 400
hours. At the end of the semester, teamwork comes
into play when the whole fashion group makes a
final presentation in front of a board comprised of
individuals from the fashion industry. The entire
experience is very intense," says Scavone.
A recent internship innovation has been the
introduction of a study abroad segment that has
been designated as part of the Honors program.
Carey Wolfe '01, a Fashion Merchandising major,
who went to London for three months on a buying
internship, was the first to take advantage of this
The Class of 2001 received extra experience by
timing their graduation presentations with Lasell's
Sesquicentennial. "We've been taught to focus,"
Jen DiMinico explains. "Once we start out with an
idea, we've learned to stick with it and follow
through without taking short cuts." This was evi-
dent in the work the students did
for both the Annual Fashion Show
and the special fashion show for
the Sesquicentennial Celebration
Gala Dinner on Saturday, May 19,
where each design senior's collec-
tion was displayed.
The senior merchandising stu-
dents, who did all the leg work
and got the show up and on, were
assisted by two top tier faculty
members. Elie Honein, a leading
Boston photographer / graphic
designer, organized the music and
lighting for the show and Misha Lenn designed
and executed the dramatic backdrop of Bragdon
Hall. Lenn, who comes from St. Petersburg, Russia,
did the scenery for the Broadway musical "Ragtime,"
and has illustrated for Calvin Klein as well as sold
his distinctive paintings to notables including
The two, almost back-to-back fashion shows
were hard work, as Joan Morris and her four senior
design students, who each produced 10 garments,
can attest. "Joan has made such a difference in
Assistant Professor Joan Morris helps Michelle Magenghi
'01 (left) and Jen DiMinico '01 (right) before the spring
our design department," says Richard Bath. "She
brings more than 20 years of experience to the
program and is also currently creating for Fenaroli
Designs. She's there for her students every step of
the way." And, there are many steps, from coming
up with the original idea, sketching it on paper,
creating a pattern, testing it with muslin, buying
the fabric, putting the piece together and finally,
fitting it. Each outfit takes at least a week of
Seniors Trina Green and Jennifer DiMinico,
both came to Lasell specifically because of its
Fashion Design program and they have not been
disappointed. Their fashion lines are quite different
with Trina designing evening club wear and Jen
focusing on easy-to-wear, classic design that can
be worn over and over. The collection of Catherine
Larkin '01 has a seashell motif that ran through
all her clothing, while the outfits of Lorica Elana
Sifken '01 are influenced by Japan and include
several beautiful and very original kimonos.
Students first started designing clothing at
Lasell in 1911, which makes the Fashion Institute
one of the oldest in the country. But, more impor-
tantly, it is growing at a tremendous pace. With a
strong faculty and dedicated students, the program
will continue to create new ideas that will keep it a
premier fashion program in the Northeast. Hang
on to your haute couture hats! **-
GOODWILL COLLECTION ARRIVES AT LASELL
Because of the two-year effort of Assistant
Professor Jill Carey, the Goodwill Fashion
Collection is on mdefinite loan to Lasell. The
lavish clothing collection contains pieces which
date back to before 1850 and run to 1970. At the
sesquicentennial gala, LIFT students modeled
several fiighlights from the
Collection, including an 1840's
wool challis, plaid day dress
with a layered skirt that
required an hourglass waist,
and a 1960 silk and polyester
dress by Pucci.
Jill Carey first became
acquainted with the Collection
through Maturity Matters, a
clothing manufacturer for
senior citizens. She did an
annual fundraiser for Goodwill
where she turned their atrium
into a scene from the Public
Gardens of 1800 and realized
Heather Makara '01 models an
1840's day dress from the Goodwill
what a treasure trove the Collection was. "The
president of Goodwill had said, We have some
old clothing, jewelry and hats,'" laughs Richard
Bath. "What an understatement!"
The Museum of Fine Arts approached
Goodwill to see about taking over the Collection,
but Lasell's competing presenta-
tion persuaded Goodwill to loan
the Collection to the College,
where it would be cataloged, dis-
played, and would be used as a
true educational resource.
"Students have been helping Jill
identify pieces, which has been a
wonderful teaching tool. It has
helped us connect the future to
the past," says Richard Bath.
"Fashion is evolutionary, it
repeats itself, and working with
the Collection, the students see
this. It is an entire history course."
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"The TLC is designed to provide acade-
mic and technical support to faculty as they
develop innovative ways in which to use
technology in their classroom teaching/'
explains Director of InformationTechnology,
Deborah Gelch. "The TLC for faculty will
supply equipment and training for teaching
methodologies designed to meet the Varied
learning styles of Lasell students in a tech-
nology-centered classroom atmosphere."
The grant from the Davis Educational
Foundation will be used primarily for faculty
development grants and for training. Stanton
and Elisabeth Davis established the Davis
Educational Foundation after his retirement
as chairman of Shaw's Supermarkets, Inc.
The Davis Foundation has been a generous
benefactor to Lasell's growing emphasis on
technology. The Foundation awarded Lasell
a $250,000 grant in 1994 to help build the
institution's technology infrastructure.
The RoseMary B. Fuss Teaching and
Learning Center for Faculty, in the College's
Brennan Library, has been established to
honor the contributions of service and phil-
anthropy of Mrs. Fuss. She currently serves
as a trustee of the College and as chair of
the Lasell Village Board, and although she
is not a Lasell alumna, she has become
one of the institution's most visible and
Mrs. Fuss, who hails from a family
deeply committed to education, clearly
believes in carrying on the tradition. The
creative force behind the Lasell 150 Web site
(http://www.lasell-150.com), she has grown
into one of the College's most knowledge-
able historians in the process. **•
RECENT TLC GRANTS
• John Carroll, associate professor,
Education, is researching and writing
a paper on the use of assistive tech-
nologies at Lasell College.
• Helen Alcola, assistant professor,
Humanities, is having her VCR tapes
for Spanish students transferred to
Digital Media so her classes can access
them through Jenzabar, the Web por-
tal that ties Lasell communities
together through the Internet and
• Felice Gordis, assistant professor,
Social Science, is having a computer
program written to track students'
Wireless Zones Create Classrooms
U SING NEW TECHNOLOGIES TO EXPAND LEARNING AND TEACHING
modalities at Lasell by creating "classrooms without walls," the College is now using
the Internet and wireless technology to improve and expand the way its diverse,
multi-generation campus constituencies interact.
In an exciting new initiative to "unplug"
technology and make it available
throughout the institution, wireless
zones have been installed in key campus
locations to maximize
Now, laptops equipped
with inexpensive, easy-to-
install wireless network cards
(about $70 each), and other wireless
devices can yield the same results as
their wired counterparts. With a click of a
button, signals are transmitted through radio
waves from the wireless device to small, strategi-
cally placed, easy-to-install wireless hubs that cost
about $400. "Wireless has brought the four 'abili-
ties' to Lasell," Director of Information Technology
Deborah Gelch says happily, citing wireless' pen-
chant for "portability, affordability, reliability, and
Through the College's Jenzabar web portal, a
Web-based Intranet application that ties together
the College, Lasell Village, and the nationally-
accredited Holway Child Study Centers for
toddlers and infants, all Lasell constituencies can
enjoy a dynamic, real-time, self-service means
for bi-directional communication and interaction.
Students can register, add and drop courses,
obtain transcripts and check their account
balances, all with a click of their computer mouse.
Throughout the Lasell College and Village cam-
puses, faculty, students and administrators can
chat, post to message boards, and utilize course
management tools that encourage faculty
members to develop and publish course
No more sitting in a residence hall by one's
self, staring at a computer screen. Now, with wire-
less, students are untethered from technology!
Thanks to wireless technology at Lasell, stu-
dents can meet at the 1851 to grab a bite to eat,
or gather in the comfortable and congenial Glow
Lounge, or convene in a quiet space in Brennan
Library, fire up their laptops, check their email
or surf the Web, or work together to complete a
"We've gotten a great deal of positive feedback
from students, faculty, and administrators about
our new wireless capabilities," says Deborah. "And
the new wireless system is as secure as the tradi-
tional wired systems.
"At the core of our new deployment of 'wire-
less cyber zones' is the Bluesocket Wireless
Gateway being beta tested at Lasell.
Bluesocket, we can
maintain the same kind of
security and management
tools we rely on from our
wired network — yet wireless
networks are dramatical-
ly easier and less expen-
sive to deploy and
extend. Furthermore, I
really like how the
age who is
on the net-
work and how
they are alloted,"
Wireless zones at Lasell College include:
The Brennan Library: With wireless cards
installed in their laptops, students can now log
onto the Lasell network without cumbersome
cords, collaborate on work projects, write term
papers and conduct research on the Web while
they refer to books and documents in the school
library and on line.
Learning Center With convenient, portable,
affordable and reliable wireless technology, faculty
can interact with students in real-time as course-
Student Activity Centers: As they socialize or
grab a quick snack in one of Lasell's student
lounges — students can easily log on to check their
e-mail, browse the web and connect to files on cer-
tain College networks to which they have been
granted access by the network administrators.
Holway Child Study Centers: Computers and
a wireless network are installed in the campus tod-
dler and infant day care centers, allowing the day
care providers to communicate with parents who
want to check in on their children during the day.
Lasell College intends to broaden the use of
wireless networks across the entire campus for
computer users of all ages. In the future, the
College plans to install WLANs in student dormi-
tories and in Lasell Village. **•
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Jenzabar: Integrating Ideas and Interactivity
Through State-of-the-Art Technology
ECHNOLOGY HAS INFUSED THE LIFE
of Lasell Village residents in significant ways.
The Village campus is fully wired so resi-
dents can readily access the Lasell network from
their residential computers. And now, with
Jenzabar, a Web-based Intranet application for
students and teachers devoted exclusively to
higher education and life-long-learning, collabo-
rating with each other, with traditional-age
students, and communicating with faculty has
"Here, living and learning go hand-in-hand
in promoting an active and engaged lifestyle for
residents," explains College and Village Director
of Information Technology, Deborah Gelch.
"One of the requirements for residence at
Lasell Village is that retirees actively participate in
450 hours of continuing education, which many
residents fulfill by taking courses at the College,
lenzabar provides an Internet-based online com-
munity for faculty, traditional and Village stu-
dents and administrators, and course manage-
ment tools that encourage faculty members to
develop and publish course materials online.
The installation and campuses-wide (Lasell
College and Village) use of Jenzabar support
Lasell's key objectives of promoting a diverse
community, making learning resources easily
accessible and advancing communication and col-
laboration among all the College's constituencies.
"Our traditional-age students benefit greatly from
the perspectives and life experiences Villagers
share with them inside and outside of the class-
room, and vice versa," says Deborah.
Through Jenzabar, Village residents have
easy access to lecture notes and on-line chats.
They attend classes at the College, but they are
also able to conveniently participate in the educa-
tional process directly from their residences.
'Villagers and students enjoy the ability to
communicate with each other freely, any time of
the day or night, via Jenzabar," continues Deborah.
Traditional-age students and Villagers use the
Web portal extensively for course management.
"Jenzabar allows them to receive posted assign-
ments and take online tests," says Deborah. "It
also makes it much easier for adjunct faculty
to remain in close touch with students. Overall,
our students learn in a more professional atmos-
phere because of the wide range of options
Beyond the educational benefits, Jenzabar
enhances campus life in a variety of other ways.
'Jenzabar makes it possible for students to have
threaded discussions and chat during evening
hours. They can also conveniently check out
campus events and dates," explains Deborah.
"We are also able to easily conduct online
For all constituencies on the Lasell
College /Lasell Village campuses, Jenzabar pro-
vides a satisfying and seamless approach to inte-
grating ideas and interactivity through state-of-
the-art technology. **-
Lasell Institute of Fashion Technology and
Investronica USA Form Creative,
HE LASELL COLLEGE INSTITUTE OF FASHION TECHNOLOGY (LIFT), ONE OF
the leading retail fashion design and merchandising programs in New England, has entered
into a creative partnership with Investronica Systems USA that has yielded a gift of approxi-
mately $92,000 worth of the company's leading-edge software system to the College.
/Ci^N. investronica terns — to Lasell as part of an agreement that
The Spanish-owned company, with offices in
Atlanta, GA, specializes in the development of
CAD design tools (Computer Assisted Design),
CAM systems (Computer Assisted Manufacturing)
and CIM projects (Computer Integrated
Manufacturing) for the apparel and upholstery,
automobile, and aeronautics industries.
Investronica has donated 11 stations of its software
system — a CAD system used by the apparel
industry for pattern generation, marker generation,
and manufacturing through automated cutting sys-
includes the establishment of a Lasell College-
based center for training and development for
The donation of software is the beginning
of what LIFT Director Richard Bath describes as
"an exciting academic and business partnership
that can be very fruitful for the College and
Investronica. Our students will have the benefit of
learning their art and craft on software that is one
of the top two software systems used throughout
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Lasell's New Doran
Lab Loads Up on
r » i
HE DORAN COMPUTER LAB
has been reconfigured with 17 state-of-
the-art Macintosh (Mac) computers.
The Doran Computer Lab's new Macintosh
computers will be invaluable to Lasell's graphic
Students in the College's new fashion
graphic design major are using the Doran
Computer Lab, located on the ground level of
Brennan Library. And, since graphic design is
a niche that Apple, which manufacturers the
Mac, has dominated since the beginning of
the Mac versus PC marketing battles, Lasell
has made the brand new machines available
for classroom use.
The Mac versus PC debate has been rag-
ing for years," acknowledges IT Director
Deborah Gelch, who maintains that there are
advantages and disadvantages to both com-
puter operating systems. "Still, although we
are dominantly a PC campus, we do maintain
a 20% ratio of Macs for student use," she says.
Although PCs are more common in the
workplace - more than 90% of businesses
worldwide use PCs - Macs are considered the
computers of choice by graphic designers who
insist their Macs offer more speed, superior
design software, and better color matching to
enhance their desktop publishing, video edit-
ing, and general graphic applications.
"In a recent survey, most wired colleges
offer a diversification of computer operating
systems," say Deborah. /7 We are pleased to do
The Doran Lab was named by Marjorie
Doran '37, in memory of her husband, A.
Benedict Doran. **•
Cindy Baron, director of the Holway Child
Study Centers, reports that The Barn received its
national accreditation renewal. The Center is
nationally accredited by the National Association
for the Education of Young Children. Only 10%
of all childcare centers in the country achieve
The Barn graduated its 11th class of pre-school-
ers this June. The event was marked with the gradu-
ation ceremony and the Center picnic.
Linda Bucci, chair and assistant professor,
Justice Studies, School of Arts & Sciences, who
holds a B.A. degree from Boston College, an M.S.
degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern
University, and a J.D. degree from Boston College
Law School, has been offering a summer course,
"Issues in Crime and Justice," at Lasell Village as
well as lecturing on the topics "Does the Jury
Svstem Work?" and "Should Consensual
Nonconforming Behavior Be Prohibited by Law?"
at the Village's Friday Forum Lecture Series. In
November 2000, she was a faculty presenter at the
third annual Northeast Regional Child Maltreat-
ment Conference in Providence, Rhode Island. Her
paper was titled "The Investigation and Prosecution
of Physical Child Abuse Cases."
K. Brewer Doran, Ph.D., associate dean of the
School of Business and Information Technology,
recently taught a joint MBA course, "How to Do
Business" in China in Beijing for Tsinghua
University (China) and Reims University (France).
She has an A.B. degree from Dartmouth College,
an M.B.A. degree from the University of Virginia
(Darden School) and a Ph.D. from McGill
University. On the Lasell campus, Dean Doran is
overseeing the integration of graduate and interna-
Elisa M. Scarsella,
Student Affairs admini-
strative assistant, volun-
teered for American Cancer
Society's Relay for Life,
which took place in May
2001. The Curry College
graduate, who is an
Aerobics /Dance Instructor in her spare time,
serves as the staff advisor for Lasell College's dance
team, Rhythm Unique.
Cristina Haverty, assis-
tant professor of Allied
Health and clinical coordina-
tor for Athletic Training,
serves as the head athletic
trainer for Region 1 (East)
Olympic Development Girls'
Soccer Program and as head
NEW FACULTY LEADERSHIP FOR THE DONAHUE INSTITUTE AND
THE CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE
Tessa LeRoux, Ph.D. joins Lasell as associ-
ate professor of Sociology and director of the
Donahue Institute. Dr. LeRoux holds a doctorate
in sociology from Rand Afrikaans University,
Johannesburg, South Africa. She has taught soci-
ology part-time at Lasell for the past year and
coordinates epidemiological research for a
patient advocacy group, PXE International. She
held the previous positions of associate profes-
sor of Sociology at the University of Pretoria,
Pretoria, South Africa, and assistant professor
of Sociology at the University of South Africa.
Dr. LeRoux comes to Lasell with extensive
teaching, research, and administrative experi-
ence and has published several articles and
books in the area of family sociology and
women's issues. Looking forward to her new
position, Professor LeRoux says, "The great soci-
ologist Max Weber once said, 'Nothing has any
value for man as a man (sic) which he cannot do
with passion.' I believe that the Donahue
Institute should foster passion for social justice
in all spheres of life, based on responsible civic
engagement. This, I believe, is what education is
Sharyn Lowenstein, Ph.D. joins the College
as associate professor of English and director of
the Center for Public Service. Dr. Lowenstein
received her Ed.D. from Boston University. She
has held the previous positions of grant writer
and staff associate at Bunker Hill Community
College, associate professor and director of the
Learning Center at Lesley University, assistant
professor at the College of Public and
Community Service /UMass Boston and
assistant professor of Education and director of
the Learning Center at the University of New
Hampshire at Manchester.
Dr. Lowenstein brings a wealth of experience
in working with faculty and students on service-
learning projects; she also has an excellent record
of receiving and managing educational grants.
She has published prodigiously, mostly in the
area of pedagogical scholarship. "I very much
look forward to working with the Lasell commu-
nity to continue to develop service-learning ini-
tiatives. I am excited to meet faculty, staff, and
students here at the College," she says.
"The Donahue Institute and Center for
Public Service are both essential in our quest to
saturate all academic programs with connected
learning initiatives while also making civic
awareness and active citizenship priorities of a
Lasell education," says Academic Vice President
James Ostrow. "Dr. LeRoux brings fresh ideas
and passion to the Donahue Institute; under her
leadership, I believe the Institute will become a
major force in our effort to engage students, fac-
ulty, and staff in ongoing reflection on the mean-
ing and importance of citizenship in a democracy
and civility in a community."
"We are also very fortunate to have Dr.
Lowenstein joining Lasell," Dr. Ostrow contin-
ues. "I am confident that she will help us to
develop many new opportunities in community
project-focused education — a major initiative in
the expansion of connected learning at the
College. I look forward to the leadership of our
new directors, as they work toward the realiza-
tion of these goals." **•
athletic trainer for the National Adidas Cup team,
Adidas International Youth Cup. She also serves as
an athletic trainer for USA Soccer.
Dr. Stephen Sarikas, associate professor,
Science, in the School of Arts & Sciences, who has
been teaching at Lasell for 12 years, recently signed
a contract with Benjamm-Cummings Publishers to
write and publish a laboratory manual for anatomy
and physiology. "This summer, I completed the first
draft. Over the next year, I will be working on revi-
sions, and writing additional chapters concerned
with dissection. Publication of the first edition is
expected in late 2003," he reports.
On January 19, 2001, Dr. John Carroll, associate
professor, Education, in the School of Arts and
Sciences, was an invited speaker for the EACE
Conference (college career planning professionals
and corporate recruiters) at the Fidelity Center for
Applied Technology, Boston, MA. Dr. Carroll's
topic was "The ADA after 10 Years, Reflections and
Goals." The discussion also included assistive tech-
nology and elements of his published work on
''Learning to Adapt: Models for Inclusion."
Lasell Village Dean Paula Panchuck, Ph.D.,
participated in the National Institute for Aging
(NIA)-sponsored Research Training Program, held
at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth,
Minnesota from July 15 to July 25. "The goal of the
program is to build and sustain a community of
researchers committed to an active research agenda
in the psychology of aging," she explains. "Along
wth 12 other participants selected from all over the
United States, I attended 60 hours of presentations
on advanced research methods and grant writing
given by distinguished visiting professors and NIA
staff. The Research Training Program includes the
two-week Institute that I just attended, a mid-year
meeting in February, and a week-long follow-up
"As a program participant, I am expected to
develop a research project that will be submitted
to the NIA for funding," Dr. Panchuck continues.
"I plan to explore the impact that participation in
the 'living and learning' program at Lasell Village
has on health and/or well-being in later life for our
residents. Hopefully this project will launch our
new Lasell College Center for Research on Aging
and Intergenerational Studies, scheduled to open
later this year."
Steven Bloom, Ph.D., associate dean for the
School of Arts and Sciences, has a new title and
expanded responsibilities. As director of General
Education and the Honors Program, he will be
overseeing the implementation and assessment of
the current core curriculum, and be responsible for
leading the effort to ensure that the general educa-
tion requirements continue to enhance the educa-
tion of Lasell students and their preparation for
successful careers in their chosen professions. "I
will also oversee the implementation, assessment,
and development of the Honors Program so that it
offers a unique opportunity for highly motivated
and academically engaged Lasell students to stretch
their intellectual muscles in different and challeng-
ing ways and to become actively involved as com-
munity leaders both on and off the campus," he
explains. "In both areas encompassed by this title,
I hope to provide leadership in heightening the
level of academic and intellectual engagement
among Lasell students."
Lasell is pleased to welcome several new
faculty members to campus this fall. In the School
of Business and Information Technology there are
three new faces.
Assistant Professor Nancy Waldron received
her Ph.D. from Capella University in Minneapolis,
MN. Formerly a professor at Lesley University,
Boston, MA, she taught classes on e-commerce and
small business management.
Assistant Professor Michael Nee joins
Professor Waldron in the School of Business. He has
taught at Newbury College and Dean College, and
has also worked for the Internal Revenue Service in
Jeffrey Corcoran is an assistant professor of
Management Information Systems. He arrives at
Lasell from Nichols College where he taught com-
puter principles, microcomputer applications and
management principles. He received his master's
degree from Boston University.
Assistant Professors of English Diane Donatio
and Rebecca Kennedy are familiar campus faces,
but both have moved from part-time to full-time
Promoted from assistant professor to associate
professor are: Richard Bath, director of the fashion
program, Sarah Scavone, of the fashion program,
and Linda Bruenjes, head of Academic Computing,
each in the School of Business & Information
Technology and Lisa Harris, associate dean of the
School of Allied Health and Sports Studies.
Jill Fieleke has joined the Health Center Staff as
Nurse Practitioner. She is a graduate of Williams
College, where her concentration was women's
studies. She then went on to receive her master's
from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute. Her
areas of expertise include women's health, as well
as adult health. **■
Lasell College Assistant Professor
Helen Alcala Receives Fulbright Award
XELEN ALCALA, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF HUMANITIES FN THE SCHOOL
of Arts and Sciences at Lasell College, has been awarded a Fulbright grant to teach in
Mexico for the fall 2001 semester. She will be teaching at the Universidad Veracruzana
in Orizaba, Veracruz.
In an exciting cross-cultural, educa-
tional exchange with the University in
Veracruz, Tito Mata Vicencio will be a
visiting Fulbright Professor at Lasell
College for the fall 2001 semester.
Professor Mata holds a B.A. in English
from the Language School at the
University of Verazcruz in Xalapa and a
M.S. degree in the teaching of English, a
long distance program, from the
University of Aston, England. He has a
strong interest in humanistic language
teaching, reading and writing, psycholo-
gy and social issues. He likes to travel
and visit archeological and historic sites
and to hike. He also enjoys surfing the
web, meditation, and listening to differ-
ent kinds of music. At Lasell he will be
teaching Beginning and Intermediate
Helen Alcala is one of approximately 2,000
U.S. grantees who will travel abroad for the
2001-2002 academic year through the Fulbright
Program. Established in 1946 under legislation
introduced by the late Senator J. William
Fulbright of Arkansas, the program's purpose is
to build mutual understanding between the peo-
ple of the United States and the rest of the world.
The Fulbright Program — America's flagship
international educational exchange program —
is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and
Cultural Affairs, United States Department of
State. For 55 years, Fulbright programs have
exchanged nearly a quarter of a million people —
88,000 Americans, who have studied, taught or
Assistant Professor Helen Alcala and her Fulbright counterpart,
Tito Mata Vicencio.
researched abroad and more than 146,000 stu-
dents, scholars and professionals from other coun-
tries who have engaged in similar activities in the
Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on
the basis of academic or professional achievement
and because they have demonstrated extraordi-
nary leadership potential in their fields. Among
the thousands of prominent Fulbright alumni are
Craig Barrett, president and CEO of INTEL; Renee
Fleming, opera singer; John Lithgow, actor; Daniel
Patrick Moynihan, former U.S. Senator; and
Robert Shaye, founder and chairman of New Line
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United States' history, with more extensive
reference to the decade of the 1960s and its
fallout, a decade that was problematic, both
in terms of domestic events and behaviors,
as well as foreign debacles.
Sylvia MacPhee examines the term "civility."
"Abraham Lincoln once referred to the
United States as 'the last best hope of
mankind on earth.' Hope for improvement
may still be found somewhere. Certainly,
other than for the willfully blind, there is
ample room, nay need for betterment. One
place to begin to seek for and promote
change lies in civility, in respecting our own
personhood and then respecting that of oth-
ers. We can learn to care, to become civil, if
we choose to learn and we can ignore civility
if that is what we choose to do," Aieta said.
Associate Professor MacPhee, who
approached the topic of civility in her paper
"All Our Kind: Redefining Difference," came
to see civility as a term that is multidimen-
sional. 'It takes on meaning and significance
depending on its context, who is defining it,
where and when," she explained. "In an
effort to deconstruct the concept into man-
ageable parts, I first examined the root mean-
ing of the word, and then looked at it from
three perspectives. At the individual level, I
examined one's right to self-expression and
self-actualization without violating the rights
of others to do the same. At the group level,
I looked at one group's right to maintain its
cultural history and traditions without violat-
ing another group's right to social justice.
And at the societal level, I examined the diffi-
cult task of binding the many into a cohesive
unit to achieve the goal of E Pluribus Unum."
Student feedback from MacPhee's sociol-
ogy classes "pointed out that there is a gener-
ational difference in what is perceived to be
poor taste or rude (uncivil) behavior, particu-
larly when it comes to self-expression," she
explains. "When critiquing my paper as part
of a class assignment, most identified with
the idea that one may appear to be civil, that
is, one may be polite when speaking to oth-
ers, but may be very uncivil in one's behav-
ior, even when the negative behavior may
be done politely."
By generating thought and discussion
on campus, the Symposium met its goals
and made the College more aware of what
"civility" entails. **■
East meets West: Dorothy Halsey, Jill Carey and
Lasell students, Carla Mercurio, Maura McCarthy,
and Carla Bascope enjoying the sights of Tokyo with
their new Japanese friends.
On May 26th, Jill Carey, Assistant
Professor at Lasell's Fashion Institute, her
daughter Jennifer (age 9), three of her fashion
students, Carla Bascope, Carla Mercurio,
Maura McCarthy, and Dorothy Halsey, acLmin-
istrative assistant in Academic Affairs, left
Logan Airport for an adventure in Japan.
Their host families and Keith Schellin,
director of the International Cultural Center at
Yamawaki Junior College, greeted them at the
Tokyo airport. Each weekday morning, the
Lasell group met for Japanese class and also
attended a cooking and pattern design class
with Yamawaki students. The afternoons were
spent sightseeing in Tokyo with the host family
daughters. Highlights included a bus tour of
Tokyo with a trip to the top of Tokyo Tower, a
visit to a kimono museum complete with the
making of their own patterns on silk, and a tour
of Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Department Store,
where the group enjoyed trying on a variety of
After a week in Tokyo, with many good-
bye tears, they took the bullet train (187 m.p.h.)
to Kyoto — a smaller and more traditional city.
Their first event was the long-honored tea cere-
mony. "Whoever thought so much was
involved in sipping a cup of tea," exclaimed
Dorothy Halsey. That night they stayed in a
mountain monastery where they all agreed
that the food left much to be desired. Another
day they visited the Todaiji Temple in nearby
Nara. Kyoto has many temples, both Shinto
(simple) and Buddhist (elaborate) styles. They
shared these temple visits with many Japanese
school children (all in uniforms).
The Lasell group found the public transit
system incredibly well organized, the people
polite and respectful, and everyone seemed
very thin! Heavily laden with gifts and sou-
venirs, they returned to Boston on June 9,
weary but excited to share their experiences
with parents and friends. »*•
joan Howe Weber '51 Honored at
Dedication of Winslow Academic
Center's New Weber Computer Lab
W ITH 20 MEMBERS OF HER FAMILY PRESENT ON AUGUST 6, JOAN HOWE
Weber '51 was honored by President de Witt and members of the Lasell community,
as the Weber Computer Lab, located on the first level of the Winslow Academic Center
was formally dedicated. All in attendance toasted Joan with mimosas and strawberries,
recognizing her unwavering loyalty and hard work on behalf of Lasell, and her
leadership-level support of the Lasell 150 Campaign.
Joan Weber is also a member of the Heritage
Society. In recognition of her dedication to Lasell,
she was a recipient of a medallion this year (see
story page 26).
But perhaps Joan's most important achieve-
ment of all is that of proud mother and grand-
mother to four children and 12 grandchildren, all
of whom watched with pride as she unveiled the
plaque identifying the Weber Computer Lab, a
legacy she has provided to the College, which
will be used by countless faculty members and
students for many years to come. **■
The unveiling of the Weber Computer Lab plaque brings
smiles to Joan Weber and President de Witt.
Joan, the current vice chair of the Board and
co-chair of the Lasell 150 Campaign, is one of
Lasell's most active and dedicated alums. In
addition to her most recent Lasell activism, Joan
served as one of the class agents for this year's
50 m reunion class, devoting many hours to
encouraging attendance at Reunion and financial
support of the College. (More than 50% of her
reunion class contributed to the Reunion Fund!)
Joan Weber is joined by her entire family after the
t .. fc
Moving right along: the construction on the new three-story, brick and stucco residence hall, "Seminary Suites,"
at 33 Seminary Avenue has been in full swing throughout the spring and summer so that the doors could open this
fall. Fifty-six lucky students are occupying the 11 high-tech suites. The building also contains a study lounge,
communal kitchen, laundry facilities and underground parking.
Yamawaki Art Gallery Events
1 HE FOLLOWING SHOWS HAVE BEEN BOOKED FOR THE YAMAWAKI GALLERY
as of August 1. Information on current activities at the gallery and the Yamawaki Center
can be obtained by calling (617) 796-4037. To be added to the Yamawaki Gallery mailing
list, please send your e-mail address or your mailing address to Professor Richard Bath
House of Spirits
by Annee Spileos Scott, winner of the second
annual Rappaport Prize awarded by the DeCordova
Museum in Lincoln, MA
September 7-October 22, 2001
"House of Spirits" is a collection of multi-
media installations with sound and video,
addressing memory and identity that were forged
in the atmosphere of substance abuse. "Its subjects
include the misery brought on by substance abuse
within families," says Boston Globe reporter
Christine Temin in a recent profile of Scott.
Stripped of the complexities of humanism, these
"characters" have been reduced to one-dimen-
sional stereotypes, represented by empty tables,
chairs, beds and dollhouses that have been altered
to represent the family in participation /denial.
17th Anniversary Open
Guild of New England
February 10-March 10, 2002
Dedicated to the art of the unique print.
LASELL AT A GLANCE
Academic Affairs: The petition for granting
a Master of Science degree in Management,
specializing in elder care and marketing, is now
before the state Board of Higher Education.
Lasell's enrollment target of 320 new stu-
dents and a total of 850 full-time students in
September was met! Vice President of
Enrollment Management, Kathleen O'Connor
Congratulations to the following
students who were elected to the Student
Government Association Executive
Board for the year 2001-2002.
Jerry Ehimais '02
Vice-President of Academic Affairs:
Paul Lively '02
Vice-President of Internal Affairs:
Carla Mercurio '02
Vice-President of Student Affairs:
Nikki Sweeten '03
Vice President of Finance:
Ryan Kelleher '03
West Sumatra and Bali:
Watercolors by Paul Nagano
May 12-June 23, 2002
Paul Nagano, a Japanese- American born in
Honolulu, was trained at the Pennsylvania
Academy of the Fine Arts. His idyllic watercolors
portray landscapes of many places in Indonesia.
Paul first visited Bah in 1988 and has returned
frequently to paint the island's beautiful scenery,
temples, and people. His works are delicate
balances of shimmering color.
Changes at the Gallery
Robert Kates, former Lasell College Marketing
Director for Asia, who most recently distin-
guished himself as director of the Yamawaki Art
Gallery, retired from the College in June. He
reports that he will continue to work on Annee
Scotf s exhibit, which focuses on substance abuse
and the dysfunctional family. Bob Kates will be
promoting the exhibit with MADD and other
interested community groups, as well as to the
Lasell campus. Mr. Kates will serve as chairman
of the Board of Advisors for the Gallery, a new
advisory group established by the new Gallery
director, Richard Bath. **-
reports that this has
been the fourth consecu-
tive year of growth in the
number of first-year students admitted at Lasell.
Finances and Physical Plant: The budgets
remain balanced and Trustees approved a pre-
liminary budget for fiscal year 2002. An acceler-
ated growth strategy is responsible for the capi-
tal improvements scheduled for 2001, including
the construction of two new residence halls; con-
struction of two parking lots; renovation of
Potter and Potter garage; expansion of Taylor
Field; vinylizing Bancroft, Potter, Cushing and
Karandon; installation of electrical transformers
for the Student Center, Wass and Winslow Hall;
expansion of the archives and renovation of the
second floor of Brennan Library.
Institutional Advancement: Lasell has
registered its 10th consecutive increase in the
Annual Fund. At its close on June 30th, the Lasell
150 Campaign had raised more than $18 million.
The Trustees approved funds to continue our
major gift program by retaining our two major
gift officers. We congratulate Kathy Urner,
Director of the Campaign, on her new appoint-
ment as Vice President of Institutional
Advancement at Bay Path College. *•-
FIRST YEAR SEMINAR ARMS
INCOMING STUDENTS WITH
COLLEGE SURVIVAL TACTICS
ISA HARRIS, ASSOCIATE DEAN
for the School of Allied Health and
Sports Studies, is helming the new and
improved first year advising and semi-
nar programs for incoming students.
"If students have a positive experience
and are successful in the first semester, it is
likely that they will return and be successful
in subsequent semesters," she says. "We
want to do everything possible to ensure that
students gain the most from all aspects of
their stay at Lasell."
Lasell's first year experience program
was revised, under Harris' guidance, follow-
ing the recommendations of a faculty/stu-
dent task force, convened last year by Vice
President of Academic Affairs, James Ostrow.
"Our goal was to find meaningful ways
for incoming students to meet and be con-
nected with faculty and staff, and for them to
learn the best way to deal with all aspects of
the college environment," Lisa Harris contin-
ues. "The result was a new approach to acad-
emic advising that assigns first year students
to a specific faculty member who will be
there for them to provide informational sup-
port and intellectual connections and guid-
ance. With these faculty resources, students
can make informed decisions about what
courses to take, what study tracks to pursue,
where to obtain assistance in academic and
personal issues, and so on." A student co-
facilitator will work with faculty in the first
year seminar course and will also be avail-
able for new students as a College liaison
during their first year in the residence halls.
Says Lisa Harris, "The decision was
made to convert the former 'College 101'
course, which served to outline the basic
how-to's of negotiating college life: how to
use the library, how to research a paper, how
to manage one's time, how to avoid exam-
time stress, etc., into a more interactive and
rewarding experience that uses student inter-
ests to guide them toward valuable social
and scholastic advice and direction.
"The measure of the revamped pro-
gram's success," she says, "is that more facul-
ty have volunteered to participate than ever
The new approach "allows faculty to be
creative and get to know these new students.
And for students, it gives them a chance to
really engage in academic work and get a
taste of what they will face without peril
LASELL HOSTS NEW ENGLAND
CONFERENCE ON RETIREMENT
lSELL village, in
conjunction with Chellis Silva
Associates Senior Housing, of
Wellesley Hills, MA, hosted the New
England Gerontological Association's
Conference, "Redefining Retirement
Communities" on October 1st and 2nd.
The conference, funded by the Charles H.
Famsworth Trust, was attended by senior
housing and college planners and managers,
sponsors, designers and developers of contin-
uing care retirement communities.
"As a College that has created such a
unique 'living and learning' community with
Lasell Village, hosting this conference is yet
another way to highlight other interesting
options for retirement living," said Paula
Panchuck, Ph.D. and Academic Dean at the
In one of the conference sessions, Lasell
President de Witt spoke about how mutually
beneficial it has been for the college and
retirement campuses to come together, yield-
ing the resulting social, educational and
At the conference, leaders in retirement
planning indenrified and discussed the
changing face of retirement housing. With
baby boomers approaching this threshold,
the question of how the industry should pre-
pare for the changes that will be necessitated
by this population was examined. "With
seniors living both longer and healthier, and
85 percent of the aging Baby Boomer genera-
tion saying that they never expect to fully
retire, new, attractive, cost-effective options
must be identified and promoted," said co-
host, Bob Chellis, of Chellis Silva Associates.
The New England Gerontological
Association's Conference goal was to
describe workable and practical paradigms
of retirement housing with services; examine
emerging demands for more affordable,
active, challenging retirements; emphasize
flexible housing with creative options for
working, volunteering, teaching, and learn-
ing; elaborate on models that offer enriched
environments which are physically and
financially secure; and showcase the college
campus retirement community model.
The theme of the conference was innova-
tion. Speakers focused on what the current
market wants and what the next generation
of retirees will be looking for. "Lasell College
has set the pace," said Bob Chellis, "and the
conference highlighted how progressive the
decision to build the Village was." >*-
Instructor Kent Miller Offers Drama
Courses to Full House
OR A COMMITTED ACTOR AND DIRECTOR, WHOSE FAVORITE SUBJECT IS
theater and the arts — teaching Lasell Village elders is bliss, true bliss, says Kent Miller,
the tall, soft-spoken instructor of drama at Lasell.
be MTV and rock concerts. "In teaching you need
Village drama instructor,
For one thing, he
attracts a full house each
time he stands in front of
a classroom to offer
on the highs and lows of
theater, film, and the art
and craft of criticism.
A recent course he
designed for the Villagers
was so oversubscribed
that it required the creation of two separate sec-
tions of 20 seniors each to accommodate their
interest and participation.
Clearly, Kent Miller is an instructor in
demand. But the reward for the affable Miller has
little to do with ego and everything to with the
pure sense of satisfaction he experiences when he
launches into his beloved subject matter with stu-
dents who share his enthusiasm for all things
crafted for the performance stage. "I'm so pleased
to be part of the mosaic here," he says. "I've been
teaching Villagers for more than two years, offer-
ing classes even before the Village officially
opened, as part of the Learning and Retirement
program" Miller explains.
"It has been great fun and wonderfully
rewarding for me," he says. "This population is a
generation that went to plays a lot. Their take on
theater is different from other generations. Many
grew up with it and many saw some of the great
performances we still talk about today: John
Guilgud, Laurence Olivier, Richard Burton. They
have experienced the magic."
As a result, Miller says, working with
Lasell Villagers often takes on a whole other
dynamic than working with traditional-aged
undergraduates, whose frame of reference tends to
to find the metaphor that relates to the generation
you are instructing. In this case, many of my
students are way ahead of me.
"This has been such an experience for me,
such fun, that if s hard to imagine that I ever wor-
ried about what I had to change in terms of pre-
sentation and content for an older population,"
Miller explains. "Actually, I find myself adjusting
more to the undergraduates than to the Villagers,
because the Villagers already have an appreciation
for theater — so I don't have to create that.
"One of the exciting things we did," Miller
continues, "was to mimic a production team. I
wanted to illustrate that theater is one of the most
communal of activities, people come together to
share a vision and work toward it. We sat around
reading and working on our source document —
the script, which happened to be Shakespeare's
'The Tempesf — and we talked about what our
production should look and sound like, and why."
Miller gave his students different respon-
sibilities in building the mock production. Some
were in charge of music, others of special effects,
and so on. Finally, teacher and students went on a
field trip to see the Boston Common production of
"The Tempest." Miller's students got to see how
their concept differed from the professional pro-
duction. "In terms of appreciating how theater
comes together conceptionally, the exercise was
really valuable," he maintains.
Does he find any surprises in teaching an
elderly population? Miller reflects a moment and
says, "They are so smart; so engaged. I'm sur-
prised at the tremendous reserves of energy they
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Lasell Village Unveils New Web Site
ESIDENTS OF LASELL VILLAGE, THEIR FAMILY AND FRIENDS, AND THOSE FROM
all around the country and the world who are interested in getting more information about the
success of Lasell's first-of-its-kind educational continuing care retirement community, now can
access news and visuals through a redesigned Web site at http://www.lasellvillage.com.
The site is designed to provide a comprehensive
look at all the Village has to offer, from its events
and academic programs (residents are required to
fulfill a 450-hours-a-year learning requirement
under the supervision of the Village's full-time aca-
demic dean) to amenities and services, including
state-of-the-art nursing and rehabilitative care at
Lasell House, the facility's 44-bed nursing home.
The Web features profiles and photographs of
Villagers and will be expanding its section on resi-
dents within the coming months. News stories and
special events notices are also posted regularly. **■
LASELL VILLAGE -
Villagers Take Active Role on Campus
JVL ANY OF THE RESIDENTS OF LASELL VILLAGE ARE FINDING NEW
and creative ways to redefine themselves as members of the community-at-
large. Making full use of all the resources that Lasell College and Village have
to offer, they are sharing their talents and expertise in useful and productive
ways. The following are a few examples:
When Mrs. Ann Silverstein first arrived at the
Village in August of 2000, she went over to the
Holway Child Study Center and introduced her-
self to director Kathi Rudnicki. Hailing from
Richmond, VA, Mrs. Silverstein wanted to famil-
iarize herself with her new surroundings and
because of her long involvement with the field of
early childhood education, she was particularly
interested in the goings-on at both The Barn
Before settling in Richmond, VA, Mrs.
Silverstein worked in Charleston and Chicago. Her
experience includes working in a Richmond settle-
ment house for 10 years as well as teaching chil-
dren in a state-operated hospital.
Even after retiring, Mrs. Silverstein has kept
in touch with the education field and clearly Kathi
Rudnicki was impressed by her qualifications.
When a teacher who worked with the five-year-
olds at Rockwell unexpectedly had to relocate,
Kathi contacted Mrs. Silverstein to see if she would
fill in for the months of March, April, and May.
"It was unexpected but very nice. I found it to
be a challenge and was very stimulating," says
Dr. Milton Landowne became involved and
spearheaded others to join him in the second
annual Charles River Earth Day Clean-up on April
Long interested in the environment, "I wanted
the other residents to appreciate how close we live
to the river," Dr. Landowne explained. "I saw this
as an opportunity for Villagers, students, and
Newton residents to interact and work together in
an informal way. In this cooperation we could
encourage the recognition and conservation of the
beauty and value of this natural resource."
The Lasell contingent met at the College's
boathouse and proceeded upstream to clean up
the park, woodlands and shore and help restore
and rehabilitate the Charles.
Twenty five years ago, Mervin Gray was
aware of the effects stress was having on his life
and became interested in exploring the
mind/body connection. In 1974, he read an article
by Dr. Herbert Benson (now head of Beth Israel
Deaconess' stress management program) in the
Harvard Business Review that addressed the topic
of dealing with corporate stress and Mr. Gray
decided to invite Dr. Benson to talk at his temple.
This proved to be a turning point for Mr. Gray.
"It seemed a simple process, so I started to medi-
tate twice a day, and it has been both helpful and
beneficial to my life," he says. "The relaxation
response has had a physiological impact on my
body as well," he continues.
At the Village, Mr. Gray leads a meditation
session on Fridays and usually has 10 to 12
participants. "I thought it would be an interesting
undertaking and it only takes about two minutes
to learn the process." Mr. Gray
was ahead of his time when he
first began to meditate, and now
interested Villagers are the benefi-
ciaries of his experience.
"Elders do better by keeping
active," says Villager Truman
Light, who holds a Ph.D. in chemistry, and he is
certainly a man who manages to keep busy. Last
fall if he wasn't spotted swirnming laps in the
Village pool, he might have been found in the
Wass Science Building teaching the recitation sec-
tion of Associate Professor Kim Farah's chemistry
"One of the reasons we decided to live at Lasell
Village was its educational philosophy,"
Dr. Light says. "When we arrived at the Village,
I picked up the college catalog to see what the
chemistry offerings were and after we got settled I
wandered over and talked to Joanna Kosakowski,
chair of the Math/Science Department. She told me
that Kim needed someone to cover her recitation
section and after some discussion, I was hired."
Clean-up on Earth Day, down by the Riverside.
Village resident Rosalind Meshekow attends class.
Although Dr. Light is currently not seeing his
students in a classroom setting, he still runs into
them. "While eating in the Village dining room I
was surprised to hear the waiter saying hello to me
and suddenly realized he was one of my students
and now, when I swim, I'm being watched over by
a lifeguard who was in my class."
This September, Isabelle Rubin LaBelle held a
signing for her recently published book of mem-
oirs, While I Am in This Life. The book is composed
of 39 selected vignettes, arranged by themes.
Ms. LaBelle's creative talents are not confined
to writing. An accomplished and passionate pho-
tographer, the walls of her apartment are filled
with beautiful photographs of her world travels,
including Nepal, India, New Zealand, South
America and Europe. At a one-person show in
Cambridge, a woman was heard to say, "Looking
at these pictures makes me want to go there." Her
friend replied, "Looking at these pictures, I feel
Trained in psychoanalysis at the Westchester
Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and
Psychotherapy, Ms. LaBelle is in private practice as
a psychotherapist in Newton, Massachusetts.
At 82, Rosalind Meshekow has decided to
pursue her Bachelor of Arts degree at Lasell
College. "I've only had one year of college," she
explains, "but I'm always eager to learn and now
that I'm at the Village and in an academic setting,
it seems like an opportune time to continue my
Mrs. Meshekow began her college career at
Fordham University in New York City. After com-
pleting her freshman year, she moved to Florida.
At that time she became interested in and conduct-
ed an independent study of the mind /body con-
nection. "I was drawn to the subject and continue
to buy more and more books about it," she
Since she became a village resident, "Dean
Paula Panchuck has been acting as my advisor.
Last semester I took a sociology course in Choices
in Relationships and a course in Modern Drama. I
thoroughly enjoyed the well taught classes, and
the intergenerational interchange, but, admittedly,
felt weighted down by the reading load."
Mrs. Meshekow has now been accepted as a
matriculated student and she will be taking a com-
puter and a writing course this semester. "I don't
know how long it will take me to receive my
degree, but everyone at both the College and the
Village is very supportive."
Clearly, Lasell Villagers are a group that is on
the go, enjoying life and making every minute
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have, they lack nothing compared to their
Next on the agenda, 'Tve planned some
George Bernard Shaw presented as staged
readings by enrolled Villagers for anyone
who wants to come hear. And film classes, of
course, that run the gamut from classic come-
dy to classic Westerns," says the Chicago-
born transplanted Calif ornian, who holds a
master's in Fine Arts from California State
University at Long Beach.
"How grateful I am to Paula Panchuck,"
Lasell Village's Academic Dean, "for giving
me the opportunity to do this," he says. "I so
appreciate having something of value to offer
to this remarkable group of people." **•
JANE HUPMAN PRESTON '31
INCREASES HER GENEROSITY
TO LASELL BY RELINQUISHING
HER GIFT ANNUITY INCOME
ASELL HAS BEEN BLESSED
with alumni who are dedicated to the
growth and well being of the College
and Jane Hupman Preston '31 is among
those at the top of this list. Her interests
are many, but she has been particularly
involved in alternative medicine and
nutrition, women's health, and environ-
Involvement with education also falls
under her mantle, and she established two
charitable gift annuities at the College, one in
1994 and the second in 1995. At that time, she
received a tax deduction for her charitable
gifts and the annuities were to pay her a life-
long income. Mrs. Preston has now taken her
generosity to Lasell one step further by relin-
quishing her income interest in both gift annu-
ities and having these funds revert back to the
College. Not only does Lasell benefit from
receiving this money, but Mrs. Preston will
also receive an additional charitable deduction
on her federal income taxes this year.
"I found that my income had increased
and I no longer needed Lasell's quarterly
check," Mrs. Preston explained about her deci-
sion to re-gift Lasell. "Furthermore, I knew the
College could use it. Anyway, I do my own
income taxes and keeping track of one more
item was a nuisance, so I'm also doing myself
a favor," she laughed.
Mrs. Preston has watched the changes at
Lasell and has not only given her vote of con-
fidence fiscally, but also speaks highly of the
College leadership of President de Witt. "I'm
interested to hear about all the changes that
have happened and are happening. Tom de
Witt is a wonderful president. Not everyone
could do what he has done. Lasell's future is
in good hands."
As she talked about some of her recent
projects, it was clear that Mrs. Preston is very
proud of the completion of the Frank W.
Preston Environmental Center in Butler, PA
which was named for her husband, the
founder of Preston Laboratories. "My present
project is to help bring our local public library
into the 21st century."
Mrs. Preston, who approaches her 90th
birthday this November, remains deeply
involved and excited about the various
aspects of her life.
Her relinquishment of her gift annuity
income will push the College that much
closer to its future fiscal goals. "There may be
others who are in the same position as I am,"
she says, hoping to serve as an example. "I
trust Lasell will continue to grow from success
to success." **•
Cathy Black Takes Over
Planned Giving Program
JL AM THRILLED TO HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO MANAGE LASELL'S
Planned Giving program and the Heritage Society. Planned giving is a wonderful way to
support one's alma mater or other favorite charity, and my hope is to reach out to as many
of you as possible to share my knowledge of this creative philanthropic tool.
I plan to continue to "spread the word" about
an institution for which I hold so much admira-
tion and enthusiasm. And I will also be promoting
the wonderful concepts of planned giving — help-
ing alumni discover and utilize the many ways in
which giving back to their alma mater can also
bring the happy return of substantial tax and
Any suggestions you may have to help me
get the message out about the satisfaction that
comes from prudent, generous philanthropy on
the College's behalf are welcome!
I look forward to meeting many more of
you — our dedicated and loyal alumni and
friends — in the years to come, and invite you
to call me if you have any questions,
Cathy Black to head up Lasell's Planned Giving Program
For the last two-and-a-half years in the
Institutional Advancement Office of the College, I
have had the pleasure of meeting many of Lasell's
alumni and friends during my travels to different
parts of the country. I have met a wonderfully
varied group of exceptional individuals and the
support and love they have shown for Lasell has
been so gratifying to me.
Kathy Urner Moving on
after Successful Tenure
In 1983, 1 GRADUATED FROM LASELL COLLEGE AND WENT FORTH TO MAKE MY
mark in the world. Life being a series of circular events, I found myself back at Lasell in
1994 as director of Gift Planning for the College's young development program. And now,
61/2 years later, I feel as though I am again graduating from Lasell — this time, with an
advanced degree in fundraising. How much I have learned with your help and the guid-
ance and friendship of so many members of the Lasell Family!
Like any new graduate, I leave Lasell with both
a sense of trepidation and excitement. Bay Path
College, a small women's college in Longmeadow,
Displaying her gift of appreciation and her winning smile,
Kathy Urner "graduates" from Lasell.
Massachusetts, has offered me a unique challenge: I
will assume the position of vice president of
Institutional Advancement there in September.
As for you and Lasell's Planned Giving
Program, I am leaving both in excellent hands. My
colleague and friend Catherine Black has been work-
ing diligently at Lasell since 1999 as a major and
planned gifts officer. She was formerly a planned
giving officer at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston,
and she welcomes (and richly deserves) the opportu-
nity to run Lasell's Planned Giving Program, includ-
ing the Heritage Society. Throw your toughest gift
planning questions at her; she will hit homeruns for
both you and Lasell every time!
Message from the Director of Annual Giving
LASELL TRUSTEES' 100% LEADS THE WAY TO 10TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR OF
ANNUAL FUND INCREASES!
As THE ICING ON LASELL'S 150TH BIRTHDAY CAKE, THE LASELL COLLEGE
Annual Fund recorded its 10th consecutive year of record-breaking increases, bringing in
$563,890 in unrestricted dollars. This success means that Lasell has an additional amount of
nearly $34,000 over its goal of $530,000 to help support academic and athletic programs,
campus maintenance, library resources and student financial aid.
foundations weigh many factors in considering our
proposals, one of them being participation from
alumni, parents and friends in the institution's
annual giving program.
With a very successful capital campaign behind
us, we must focus on building a stronger Annual
Fund to assure Lasell's continued growth. Each
$50,000 raised through annual unrestricted gifts
equals the yield from approximately $5,000,000 in
endowment. Since Lasell is not yet blessed with a
large endowment, Annual Fund dollars are especially
important to the College.
In the fall, we will be sending letters requesting
the support of alumni, parents and friends of Lasell
for the 2001-2002 year. We will also be organizing
our student Annual Fund Phonathon program. I
hope you will respond as generously as you are able
when you are asked to support Lasell. This is truly a
College worthy of your support.
Director of Annual
Giving Noni Linton
heartfelt thanks to the Lasell
College Board of Trustees for
setting a wonderful example
with 100% participation in the
Fund. In fact, all of the volun-
teer board members who give
so much time as Overseers,
Corporators and members of
the Alumni Board of
Management are also to be congratulated for their
strong leadership with 92%, 100% and 100% partici-
pation respectively. And thank you, also, to the
many alumni, parents and friends of Lasell who
helped reach this year's extraordinary total.
We've said, many times, how important the per-
cent of participation is to the future of the College. As
a result of strong participation for the past several
years, Lasell was able to successfully approach the
prestigious Kresge Foundation for a grant to reno-
vate Winslow Hall. The "new" Winslow Academic
Center is now a vital center of energy on the campus
with its state-of-the-art classrooms and beautifully
restored ballroom and stage, thanks to the generous
Kresge challenge grant of $400,000 and the more
than $1.5 million raised in response to the challenge.
Everyone who participates in the Lasell Annual
Fund with a gift of any size helps the College by
boosting the total and participation. Roughly 100
donors equates to 1 % in participation so, in order to
increase participation even one percent, we must
increase this year's donor count from 2,669 donors
to nearly 2,800 donors. Each year, Lasell applies for
foundation grants from many sources to support
major projects. Like the Kresge Foundation, these
Director of Annual Giving
Students' helping hands make alumni mailings possible.
Phonathon Captain Finds Satisfaction in Job
MEMBER OF THE SENIOR CLASS OF 2002, SHELBY DERISSAINT IS A
veteran when it comes to Phonathons. This is her fourth year as a caller.
"I got involved after I discovered the caller
opportunity at a job fair on campus," says
Shelby, who serves as this
year's Phonathon Captain.
"I had experience doing
telemarketing before," she
explains. She worked for
the SPES Foundation
(Supplemental Program of
Educational Skills), where
she called big donor com-
panies and solicited dona-
tions for the inner city youth program.
"I learned there that students can have as
much influence as adults because people are
impressed to hear from students who actually
benefit from their financial contributions to the
organization," says Shelby. "Through the calling
program at Lasell, I realized that young people
can affect their own destiny."
Her commitment to the Phonathon grows
out of the satisfaction that Shelby has experi-
enced during her tenure in the program, she
maintains. "The more you are connected with
your school, through its activities and its people,
the more you get out of the experience," she says.
Assistant Director of the Annual Fund, Lee
Goldstein, describes Shelby as "a real asset." She
continued on page 23
.ALLING HER A "BRIGHT SPARK
for the Annual Fund and Phonathon
calling program," Noni Linton, director
of the Annual Fund, welcomed Lee
Goldstein, Lasell's new assistant
director of Annual Giving, to the
Institutional Advancement staff.
Lee, who graduat
ed from Brandeis
University with a
Bachelor of Arts
degree in May 2001,
comes to her new posi-
tion at the College
with a substantial
amount of frontline
experience as a caller
and fundraiser. "I'm grateful to Brandeis for
the four years of training and experience
Lee garnered there before joining us," Noni
A resident of Norwood, Massachusetts,
Lee graduated with a major in Sociology
and a minor in Anthropology. During her
years as a student at Brandeis, Lee amassed
an impressive track record in fundraising,
serving as a student caller for three years,
and as Senior Representative/Coordinator
for the University's Alumni Annual Fund
for one year.
"I am really pleased to join Lasell," said
Lee. "I am impressed with the history and
accomplishments of the College, and I am
delighted to be working with students who
will be calling alumni and sharing their
exciting perspectives of Lasell with them.
For many alumni, these student callers pro-
vide the best exposure to their alma mater
and serve as one of the only contacts they
have to the College in an ongoing way.
"For the students, the calling experience
offers a good networking opportunity as
well as a powerful way to strengthen their
communication skills," Lee continues.
"I love working with students, and this
job, which involves recruiting callers, train-
ing them and supervising their work, is ideal
for that. I am only a year older than some of
our student callers, and because I've done it,
I can relate well to our students and help
them make the most of their experience.
Last year, Lasell's Annual Fund broke
its record by raising nearly $564,000, a sum
that was subsidized in great measure by
the Phonathon program. "This year's goal
is $580,000," says Lee who, with her new
recruits, stands ready to meet the challenge. »-
LASELL LEAVES L I
Director of Athletics,
Message from the
HE LASELL COLLEGE ATHLETIC
program is entering the new century as
a strong and respected competitor.
Across the board, all of the teams are
competitive and are posting winning
athletes, 150 of them,
are also leading the
way on the academic
front. Seventy-five of
were named to the
Honor Roll for the
spring semester and
the overall student-
athlete GPA is 3.0. This academic achieve-
ment is an important part of the Division HI
philosophy, which stresses the importance of
balancing academics and athletics. Lasell
athletics strives to uphold this philosophy by
emphasizing the importance of maintaining
high academic standards. The athletic
department communicates and works close-
ly with the faculty throughout the College to
ensure that the student-athletes are meeting
all academic requirements to the best of their
ability. Many of the student-athletes are also
members of the newly established Academic
The Division III philosophy also stresses
the importance of establishing an environ-
ment in which athletically-related activities
are conducted as an integral part of the edu-
cational experience. At Lasell College, athlet-
ics are important, but student-athletes are
also encouraged to become active members
of the Lasell community and to experience
all that college life has to offer. Many of our
student-athletes hold leadership positions on
campus in areas of student government, resi-
dence life, the judicial board, orientation and
Being a student-athlete at the Division III
level requires dedication, strong time man-
agement skills and commitment. Lasell
College student-athletes embody the
Division III philosophy — competing at a
high level while mamtairung high academic
standards and experiencing college life to its
fullest. The Athletic department strives to
create an environment in which athletics
complements the overall educational experi-
ence for the student-athletes. It is the goal
of the athletic department to foster well-
rounded individuals who are as successful
in the classroom as on the field.
Our student-athletes achieve that goal.
They make us proud.
Director of Athletics
The Student Athlete Advisory Council,
an Active Campus Force
JVIaDE UP OF REPRESENTATIVES FROM EACH VARSITY TEAM, THE STUDENT
Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) meets weekly throughout the year to address issues
regarding the well-being of student athletes at Lasell College.
This busy group strives to promote student-
athletes both on and off campus and they are a
voice from the student-athletes to the administra-
tion. They also actively encourage student-athlete
involvement in campus and community outreach
The 2000-2001 year was very productive for
SAAC, as policies were created, issues were dis-
cussed and community service projects were car-
ried out. With SAAC's help, two major policies
were implemented this year. The first is a two-
sport athlete policy. After discussing ideas sur-
rounding this issue, a written policy concerning
athletes participation in two or more overlapping
sports was developed which protects the athlete's
time and gives priority to the in-season sport. The
second policy that SAAC participated in was an
academic attendance policy in which an excused
absence from class includes student-athletes rep-
resenting the college in a varsity contest.
The members of the 2000-2001 SAAC orga-
nized a can drive for the Boston Food Pantry in
December. They conducted a campus-wide pub-
licity campaign, then collected cans and donations
for the food pantry and presented their yield dur-
ing half time at a basketball home game.
SAAC also worked to improve communica-
tion with all populations of the Lasell Community
including Lasell Village. The residents of Lasell
Village were invited to home contests and the
SAAC representatives visited the Village to intro-
duce the residents to Lasell College Athletics.
This year, SAAC will continue working to
provide the best experience for the student-ath-
letes at Lasell College. The group is planning to
host seminars on sportsmanship, drug/alcohol
education, nutritional information and time man-
agement. SAAC will also continue to improve
communication and to promote Lasell College
Athletics on and off campus. **-
National Girls and Women in Sports Day
Celebrated at Lasell College
ITLOSTED BY FACULTY AND STUDENTS FROM LASELL'S ATHLETICS PROGRAM,
45 Girl Scouts arrived on campus for the annual Sports Overnight in honor of National
Girls and Women in Sports Day. The Girl Scouts, all from the Boston area,
participated in five different sports clinics, slept in the gymnasium, ate in the cafeteria,
saw an inspirational sports movie, and got to meet many female athletes.
The clinics, organized by Lasell' s varsity
teams, included softball, basketball, field hockey,
soccer and lacrosse. For some of the girls, it was
the first time they had a lacrosse stick in their
hands. "The event is a great way to expose the
young girls to sports and competition," says
Athletic Director Kristy Walter. On Saturday, the
Girl Scouts were treated to an exciting women's
basketball game which Lasell won 60-58 over con-
ference rival Maine Maritime. **•
With lacrosse sticks in their hands, these young Girl Scouts
are ready to play.
TWO NEW COACHES APPOINTED FOR THE 2001-2002 SEASON
Scott Abbotts has been named head men's
volleyball coach. Scott graduated from
Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, MA
in 1995 with a B.A. in Construction Manage-
ment. While at Wentworth he played volleyball
on the men's team and was also the assistant vol-
unteer coach for the women's team. When not at
Lasell, Scott uses his construction management
expertise by working on Boston's Big Dig.
Larry Sullivan will be Lasell's new cross-
country coach. Larry received both his bachelor's
and his master's in education from Boston
College. He is a teacher in the special education
system at Watertown High School, Watertown,
MA where he works with students with learning
behavior issues. He has also been the cross-coun-
try coach there for 14 years and has been setting
an example for all by qualifying for six Boston
marathons. His personal best time is 2:39 —
something for all his students to shoot for. >*
Spring Sports 2001 Season in Review
OVERALL RECORD: 16-21
CONFERENCE RECORD: 10-4
Spring 2001's successful softball team.
This was the softball team's most successful
season yet. They made it through the semi-finals
of the conference championship by beating Mt.
Ida 11-7, but were defeated in the finals by Becker
College by a score of 8-6. Three players were
named to the All-Tournament Team: Kristy
Goicoechea '01, Sonja Landry '04, and Britney
At the end of the season, several players
received recognition. Britney Falite was named
NAC Player of the Year. She lead the team in sev-
eral categories, including batting average (.557),
home runs (5), triples (5), hits (44), and RBI's (41).
Freshman pitcher Sonja Landry was named
Rookie of the Year for Lasell. She hit .457 for the
year with eight doubles, two home runs, four
triples and 36 runs scored. On the mound she
earned a 5.49 ERA while going 4-5 overall. Other
offensive stand-outs include sophomores Wendi
DeFilippo (.441 average, Player of the Week),
Tarda McGrath (.398 average), Christina
Strandson (.393 average), and Meredith Brady
(.320, 8 doubles).
Behind the plate, Tania McGrath '03 led the
team with 67 strikeouts and seven wins. Sonja
Landry '04 and Jennifer Stanley '03 also pitched
well this spring with four and five wins respec-
With so many returning players, the 2002 sea-
son is expected to be exciting.
OVERALL RECORD: 2-8
This was the inaugural season for women's
lacrosse at Lasell and the team had a strong finish,
defeating Worcester State and Salem State. Head
coach Kristin Neary and assistant coach Janice
Hopper were very pleased with the team's effort.
Leading scorer for the women was Katie
Parker '03, followed by Lindsey Klier '04 and
Nicole Hart '04. Parker was also named NEWLA
Player of the Week honorable mention. Strong
defense throughout the year was provided by
Andrea Kimball '04, Siobhan Smith '01, and
Stephanie Martin '04.
Newcomers Asheley Bardin '04 and Myya
Beck '03 also made an impact on the team with
their athleticism. Between the pipes, goalkeeper
Beth Anne Hornak '04 had over 13 saves a game
and was instrumental in organizing the defense.
OVERALL RECORD: 4-6
It was a long and hard spring for the men's
lacrosse team but they ended on a high note, win-
ning four out of their last five games. They also
had three very
II tight games
Hlhfcr~ which they lost
by only one
goal and, unfor-
cancelled due to
who netted 27
goals and 17
Norton '03 who
had 17 goals
and 14 assists,
who had 18 goals and eight assists. Alex
Ehegartner '03 and Dave Mclnnis '02 both fin-
ished the season with over 20 points.
In the net, Paul Lively '02 had a .758 save per-
centage and played the majority of the games for
the Lasers, stopping 125 shots.
Beginning in 2002, men's lacrosse will be com-
peting in the Pilgrim League. Since the team had
no senior members, the outlook for next year's
season is bright. **■
STUDENT-ATHLETE HONOR ROLL
An enthusiastic student shows his
school spirit as he cheers on the
men's lacrosse team.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 13
the country, and putting that experience on their
resume to add to their marketability. Additionally,
we will have fashion industry leaders come to the
campus to participate in up to four software-relat-
ed seminars as well as an Investronica USA trade
show. For Investronica, of course, the alliance pro-
vides enhanced visibility, the cache of a firm tie to
an educational institution, and obviously, the
opportunity to make a contribution to educating
new talent in the fashion field."
According to the terms of the agreement, Lasell
will use the software system, installed at 11 com-
puter workstations, to train student designers in
technical patterning and drafting.
"We see this partnership as a clear win-win
situation," says Gene Barber, Investronica Systems
USA sales manager for the East Coast. "Students
will have the opportunity to get hands-on experi-
ence with software that is an industry leader," says
Barber, who describes the software as Windows-
based and icon-driven. "We're not simply making a
donation and leaving it at that. We intend to sup-
port it and nurture what I consider to be a unique
relationship between business and academia."
Investronica Systems belongs to the Induyco
Group, one of the largest apparel companies in
Europe. Its 1998 production capacity was in excess
of 12,500,000 garments. »■
Beth Anne Hornak*
*f irst-year student
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 21
is enthusiastic and experienced, and other
phoners look up to her."
Working in the Institutional Advance-
ment office, talking with alumni, and collabo-
rating with other student callers has allowed
me to clarify what I do want in my career. I
am much more focused than I used to be, and
I certainly have been able to sharpen commu-
nication skills," Shelby said.
"I love Lasell," she continues. "I have real
pride in the school."Her Lasell-related extra-
curricular activities demonstrate her commit-
ment to the College.
The former Resident Assistant (last year),
and Alumni Board student member, is cur-
rently an orientation leader and Judicial Board
member. Shelby is a Prelaw, Legal Studies
major who is also currently fulfilling a chal-
lenging internship at the Boston Rape Crisis
Center. "I completed my training and go in on
Tuesdays and Thursdays to work with
assigned clients and district attorneys. If s
pretty exciting. I think it will be difficult work,
but want to learn more so that I can help other
people," says the Lasell College senior who
hopes to become an attorney and women's
LASELL COLLEGE ATHLETIC CALENDAR FOR FALL 2001 AND SPRING 2002
Listings that appear in all caps denote home games. Occasionally, due to weather, etc., dates and times may change.
For confirmation, please check with the Athletics Department at 617-243-2147.
FIELD HOCKEY FALL 2001
6 Thursday FITCHBURG STATE COLLEGE
9 Sunday St. Joseph's (ME)
1 1 Tuesday Nichols College
13 Thursday Salem State College
1 5 Saturday Husson College
16 Sunday Thomas College
19 Wednesday ELMS COLLEGE*
22 Saturday WNEC*
24 Monday Eastern Connecticut State
26 Wednesday SIMMONS COLLEGE*
29 Saturday Anna Maria College
WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL FALL 2001
17 Wednesday AIC
23 Tuesday NAC Quarterfinals
27 Saturday NAC Semi-finals
28 Sunday NAC Finals
'North Atlantic Conference Game
Head Coach: Jessica Cormier (3rd year)
Assistant Coaches: Sarah Palfy (2nd Year) Kelly Sullivan (3rd year)
MEN'S SOCCER FALL 2001
8 Saturday BELOIT COLLEGE (Wisconsin)
University of S. Maine
Fitchburg State College
SALEM STATE COLLEGE
Maine Maritime Academy*
Mt. Ida College*
3 Saturday North Atlantic Semi-finals
4 Sunday North Atlantic Championship
*North Atlantic Conference Match
Head Coach: Giovanni A. Pacini (4th year)
Assistant Coach: Jeff Hallenback (2nd year)
WOMEN'S SOCCER FALL 2001
8 Saturday UMASS DARTMOUTH
10 Monday UMass Boston
13 Thursday MT. IDA COLLEGE*
16 Sunday NOTRE DAME COLLEGE
18 Tuesday FITCHBURG STATE COLLEGE
25 Tuesdasy PINE MANOR COLLEGE
27 Thursday Eastern Nazarene College
29 Saturday Daniel Webster College
1 Monday BECKER COLLEGE* 4:00 p.m.
4 Thursday Elms College 4:00 p.m.
7 Saturday Maine Maritime Academy 1:00 p.m.
10 Wednesday EMERSON COLLEGE 4:00 p.m.
13 Saturday LESLEY UNIVERSITY* TBD**
16 Tuesday BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY 4:00 p.m.
18 Thursday Mt. Ida College* 3:00 p.m.
20 Saturday Bay Path College* 2:00 p.m.
24 Wednesday North Atlantic Conference Quarterfinal TBA
27 Saturday North Atlantic Conference Semi-Finals TBA
28 Sunday North Atlantic Conference Finals TBA
*Denotes North Atlantic Conference game
"Friends & Family Weekend
Head Coach: David Glidden (1st year)
7 Friday Johnson & Wales TBA
8 Saturday Johnson & Wales TBA
1 1 Tuesday Pine Manor 7:00 p.m.
15 Saturday TRI-MATCH BAY PATH/NEWBURY 12:00 p.m.
18 Tuesday MT. IDA 7:00 p.m.
20 Thursday Regis College 7:00 p.m.
22 Saturday Babson College 1:00 p.m.
23 Sunday Becker College* 12:00 p.m.
24 Monday RIVIER COLLEGE 7:00 p.m.
27 Thursday ANNA MARIA 7:00 p.m.
29 Saturday Tri-match Wenrworth & UMass 12:00 p.m.
5 Friday Eastern Connecticut Tourney TBA
6 Saturday Eastern Connecticut Tourney TBA
10 Wednesday WESTFIELD STATE COLLEGE 7:00 p.m.
12 Friday NEWBURY COLLEGE 7:00 p.m.
13 Saturday BECKER COLLEGE* 12:00 p.m.
15 Monday EMERSON COLLEGE 7:00 p.m.
17 Wednesday LESLEY COLLEGE 7:00 p.m.
20 Saturday Suffolk/Wentworth Tri-match 12:00 p.m.
23 Tuesday Simmons College 7:00 p.m.
25 Thursday Mt. Ida 6:00 p.m.
3 Saturday North Atlantic Conference Tournament TBD
*North Atlantic Conference Match
Head Coach: Mary Tom (5th year)
Assistant Coach: Karin Chue (5th year)
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE 2001-2002
4 Tuesday Nichols College
6 Thursday TUFTS UNIVERSITY
8 Saturday Maine Maritime Academy*
12 Wednesday CURRY COLLEGE
27 Thursday Florida Tournament
28 Friday Florida Tournament
Mt. Ida College
BAY PATH COLLEGE*
2 Saturday Elms College
5 Tuesday Becker College*
7 Thursday MT. IDA COLLEGE
9 Saturday MAINE MARITIME ACADEMY*
12 Tuesday ELMS COLLEGE*
14 Thursday Wheelock College
17 Sunday Bay Path College
20 Wednesday NAC Quarterfinal
23 Saturday NAC Semi-finals
24 Sunday NAC Finals
*Denotes North Atlantic Conference game
Head Coach: Daniel W. Hunt
MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE 2001-2002
Emmanual Tourney (Yeshiva)
Emmanual Tourney (Thomas)
FRAMINGHAM STATE COLLEGE
12 Wednesday WESTFIELD STATE COLLEGE
15 Tuesday FITCHBURG STATE COLLEGE 7:00 p.m.
17 Thursday Curry College 7:00 p.m.
19 Saturday Manhattanville TBA
20 Sunday Manhattanville TBA
22 Tuesday AMHERST COLLEGE 7:00 p.m.
24 Thursday BECKER COLLEGE* 7:00 p.m.
29 Tuesday Western Connecticut College 7:00 p.m.
31 Thursday MT. IDA COLLEGE* 4:00 p.m.
2 Saturday Elms College* 1:00 p.m.
5 Tuesday Becker College* 8:00 p.m.
7 Thursday Keene State College 7:30 p.m.
9 Saturday Newbury College 1:00 p.m.
12 Tuesday ELMS COLLEGE* 8:00 p.m.
14 Thursday Bryant College (Division II) 7:00 p.m.
16 Saturday MAINE MARITIME ACADEMY 3:00 p.m.
20 Wednesday NAC Quarterfinals
23 Saturday NAC Semifinals
24 Sunday NAC Finals
*Denotes North Atlantic Conference game
Head Coach: Chris Harvey (2nd year)
Assistant Coach: Reggie Hobbs (2nd year)
MEN'S & WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY 2001
Mass. Maritime Invitational
Rivier College Invitational
Gordon College Invitational
Bard College Invitational
Roger Williams Invitational
3 Saturday ECAC Championships
10 Saturday New England Division III Regionals
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